by Space and Missile Systems Center
1/8/2016 - LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, El Segundo, Calif. -- The
Space and Missile Systems Center released a solicitation Jan. 8,
seeking proposals for the Global Positioning System's GPS III Space
Vehicles 11+ Phase 1 Production Readiness Feasibility Assessment
This solicitation is for a competitive firm-fixed-price acquisition with
up to three contracts awarded. The SMC GPS Directorate intends to award
the GPS III Phase 1 contract in the third quarter of fiscal year 2016.
The anticipated period of performance is 26 months for the basic
contract, and two options of 6-months each, for a total possible period
of performance of 38 months.
"Industry told us they were ready to compete for the GPS III space
vehicles. We listened and are looking forward to working with industry
to assess the feasibility of a follow-on, competitive production
contract," said Col. Steve Whitney, director of SMC's GPS Directorate.
The scope of this effort includes insight to the contractor's readiness
efforts in preparation for the Phase 2 competition for production SVs
and includes access to design artifacts as well as a demonstration of
navigation payload capability.
GPS III SV11+ will use the current GPS III SV01-08 requirements baseline
with the addition of a redesigned Nuclear Detonation Detection System
Government Furnished Equipment hosted payload, a Search and Rescue/GPS
GFE hosted payload, a Laser Retro-reflector Array GFE hosted payload,
Unified S-Band compliance capability, and a regional military protection
capability. No changes are allowed to the GPS Next Generation
Operational Control System or Military GPS User Equipment interfaces.
Operated by U.S. Air Force Space Command, the GPS constellation provides
precise positioning, navigation and timing services worldwide seven
days a week, 24-hours a day.
Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center, located at
the Los Angeles Air Force Base in California, is the U.S. Air Force's
center of excellence for acquiring and developing military space
systems. Its portfolio includes the Global Positioning System, military
satellite communications, defense meteorological satellites, space
launch and range systems, satellite control networks, space based
infrared systems and space situational awareness capabilities.