Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, IA received a $20.2 million contract modification to provide 81,622 DAGR hand-held GPS receivers and accessories to the US Air Force GPS Wing (GPSW/PK) in El Segundo, CA.
This contract modification is part of a $450 million DAGR follow-on contract (FA8807-09-C-0002) announced March 18/09 by Rockwell Collins. The company received its first order from the USAF under the contract that same month: 53,920 DAGR receivers and accessories for $87.5 million.
The DAGR is a handheld GPS receiver that provides position, navigation and situational awareness for US troops.
In July 2008, the Pentagon announced that Boeing’s Huntington Beach, CA facility would work on a “High Integrity GPS (Global Positioning System) Technology Concept demonstration,” under a $150+ million contract that runs until January 2011.
The European Space Agency has a similar program called EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service), which is the ESA’s interim step until its competing Galileo GPS constellation can be built and deployed. EGNOS uses 3 satellites in geostationary orbit, correlating their information with GPS to improve civilian positioning accuracy from 15 meters to 2 meters. In contrast, the USA’s Office of Naval Research contract aims to leverage an existing commercial constellation: the low-bandwidth Iridium constellation of satellites. If their R&D project succeeds, it will create a GPS service that provides quicker positioning fixes, offers improved accuracy for military M-code users, and is more resistant to jamming and other forms of damage.
What is Iridium? Why is this such an important contract? How does a global satellite phone service end up improving the Global Positioning System? Could this program have important commercial spin-offs? DID offers answers, below…
The Rise and Folly of Iridium
HI-GPS: A Starring Role in A Different Global Vision?
HI-GPS: Theory and Practice
Contracts and Key Events [NEW]
Additional Readings covering Iridium, GPS, and related developments [updated]
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Rockwell Collins Inc. Government Systems in Cedar Rapids, IA received an $82.7 million firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed fee contract modification, exercising production options for the purchase of 37,787 defense advanced GPS receivers (DAGRs) and accessories. The DAGR provides GPS services in a hand-held, dual-frequency (L1/L2), lightweight receiver weighing less than one pound. Key features include a precise positioning system (PPS), as well as next generation tamper-resistant GPS via the selective availability anti-spoofing module (SASSM) security module. The DAGR replaces the Precision Lightweight GPS Receiver (PLGR) in integrated platforms as well as for the advanced and basic GPS user. Based on publicized contracts to date and Rockwell Collins figures, DID estimates that the USA and various allies around the world have issued almost $300 million worth of DAGR contracts to date, and ordered almost 125,000 systems.
Work will be complete October 2008. The Headquarters Global Positioning Systems Wing at Los Angeles Air Force Base, CA issued the contract (F04701-02-C-0011/P00050).
Headquarters Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, CA has awarded a pair of cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modifications. They wish to perform a delta (changes to) system requirements review (SRR) on the global positioning system III program in October 2006. This is said to be necessary “to accomplish a low risk incremental approach, properly allocate warfighter capabilities in the initial capabilities development document addendum and flow down those requirements into the space segment specification. The government’s intent is to implement a delta SRR and continue to make progress towards a key decision point-B to avoid impacts to initial launch capability of 2013.”
Boeing Air Force Space Systems in Huntington Beach, CA received a $10 million contract modification, 8.5 million of which has already been committed. Work will be complete January 2007 (FA8807-04-C-0002/P00018).
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space Corp. in King of Prussia, PA received a $10 million contract modification, $9.2 million of which has been committed. Work will be complete January 2007 (FA8807-04-C-0001/P00020).
Boeing Co. Navigation and Communication Systems in Huntington Beach, CA received a $138.3 million fixed-price-incentive-firm, and cost-plus-award-fee contract modification for the NAVSTAR Global Positioning System Block IIF. As our spotlight article “The GPS Constellation: Now and Future” put it: “The follow-on system for the Navstar GPS Block IIR-M will be the Block IIF “follow-on” satellite. These satellites will have the same capabilities as the Block IIR-M, plus a third civil signal called L5 to support civil aviation and other applications. Navstar GPS Block IIF will be the end of the current generation of GPS satellites.”
This contract modification exercises the FY 2006 option to begin production of three new Block IIF GPS satellites (Space Vehicle 10-12 under the military’s NAVSTAR GPS joint program office). Boeing expects that the first GPS Block IIF satellite, known as SV-1, will be ready for delivery in 2007, and work on this contract for the 3 new satellites will be complete in January 2010. The Headquarters Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, CA issued the contract (F04701-96-C-0025/P00387). See also Boeing’s July 5/06 corporate release.
The USA is funding an R&D effort for global positioning system (GPS) modernized user equipment (MUE). The primary objective for the MUE receiver card development program is to develop and demonstrate a modernized user segment receiver card, thus establishing a first proof of design for the modernized GPS architecture. See DID’s August 2005 article “The GPS Constellation: Now and Future” for more information regarding that modernization.
Solicitations began November 2005, negotiations were complete May 2006, and work will be complete October 2007. The Headquarters Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, CA issued $102.9 million worth of cost-plus-award-fee contracts:
Interstate Electronics Corp. in Anaheim, CA: $37.2 million (FA8807-06-C-0001)
Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, IA: $27.9 million (FA8807-06-C-0003)
Raytheon Co. in El Segundo, CA: $37.8 million (FA8807-06-C-0004)
Lockheed Martin and EADS Astrium announced that they have signed a teaming agreement to ensure interoperability of the Global Positioning System (GPS) III and the European Galileo Satellite Navigation programs. The two companies will perform systems engineering and technical assistance tasks for each other in the areas of interoperability, integrity and optimization of joint constellation performance. Additionally, the companies will offer reciprocal bids on operational hardware and software within the policy and export constraints of both programs.
Navstar Constellation: GPS Block IIA, IIR/M, IIF
“This opens a new dimension of cooperation between two of the world’s leading technology companies in systems that will benefit consumers for decades as the Galileo and GPS III systems come on line,” said Reinhold Lutz, EADS Senior Vice President for Earth Observation, Navigation & Science.
Raytheon Company announced that it has been awarded a $346 million FY 2006 production contract increment to supply the U.S. and United Kingdom navies with the Block IV (Tactical) Tomahawk non-nuclear cruise missile. Raytheon notes that this is the third installment on a multi-year contract whose value could reach $1.6 billion. Manufacturing work will be done at Raytheon’s Missile Systems businesses in Tucson, AZ and Camden, AR, and is expected to be complete in 2009.
The Navy and Raytheon have entered into a five-year procurement contract to replenish Tomahawk inventory at the most affordable cost. The legacy program Tomahawk missile is the Navy’s weapon of choice for critical, long-range precision strike missions against high value, heavily defended targets. Other notes re: the Block IV missiles and related recent contracts include…
Rockwell Collins Inc., Cedar Rapids, IA received a $7.8 million firm fixed price and cost plus fixed fee contract modification for the purchase of another 3,614 defense advanced GPS receivers (DAGRs) and accessories. The DAGR provides authorized Department of Defense and foreign military sales users of GPS user equipment a precise positioning system (PPS), hand-held, dual-frequency (L1/L2), lightweight receiver (less than one pound) that incorporates the next generation, tamper-resistant GPS selective availability anti-spoofing module (SASSM) security module. The DAGR replaces the Precision Lightweight GPS Receiver (PLGR) in integrated platforms as well as for the advanced and basic GPS user.
This effort also supports foreign military sales to Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Kuwait, and Spain. Work will be complete April 2007. The Headquarters Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, CA issued the contract (F04701-02-C-0011/P00037). To date, the US and its allies have spent approximately $188 million for DAGR systems, and received nearly 76,600 systems excluding initial test deliveries (see all related contracts, and also all related DID coverage.