U.S. company Raytheon announced the contract is for the development of an GPS advanced control segment referred to as OCX. The $886 million deal is part of an initiative to improve the accuracy of information from GPS satellite technologies.
Officials say the OCX control system is an effort to develop anti-jamming capabilities for the GPS and strengthen security, accuracy and reliability.
"We are excited to partner with the Air Force to provide the best-value GPS control system for the future," Lynn Dugle, Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems president, said in a statement.
"Raytheon's broad experience in delivering satellite-to-ground command-and-control systems will ensure that our nation's military and civil GPS users worldwide are provided new capabilities."