Air Force awards contract for third and fourth GPS III satellites

The Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a $238 million contract to build the third and fourth satellites in the next-generation Global Positioning System constellation, company officials said Jan. 12 in a statement.

GPS III, as the constellation is known, will deliver greater accuracy than existing GPS satellites by delivering improved anti-jamming power and adding a civil signal designed to interoperate with international global navigation satellite systems, the statement said.

The Air Force Space Command's 2nd Space Operations Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., manages and operates the GPS III constellation for both civil and military users.

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