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Plan B for GPS III ground system approved for everyday use

Tuesday, March 31, 2020   (0 Comments)

By Staff Writer  |  March 31, 2020  |  C4ISRNET


Just hours after the Space Force announced it would pay hundreds of million of dollars to replace the computer hardware in its next-generation GPS ground system, the service said the contingency program it has been relying on until that new system is ready has been approved for everyday use.

On March 27, the Space Force said it will pay $378 million to replace the computer hardware in Raytheon’s troubled Operational Control System after the original provider was sold to a Chinese company. The program, called OCX, initially planned to use hardware from the IBM x86 product line. However, that product line is being sold to Chinese-owned Lenovo in August 2022 — a purchase that was approved in 2014 by the U.S. government agency that reviews international investment in U.S. companies.

Already, the Raytheon program is years behind schedule, according to a Government Accountability Office report from May. The company delivered the first part of OCX, the launch and checkout system, in September 2017. READ MORE...

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