The U.S. Air Force has opened the door to more industry competition for the branch’s Global Positioning System III satellite program.
A June 4 FedBizOpps post by the Air Force encourages contractors to submit ideas on production methods for 22 succeeding GPS III space vehicles and associated navigation payloads.
The Air Force intends to award two new GPS III technology design and evaluation contracts worth up to $200 million each next year.
According to the solicitation notice, the branch also seeks a contractor to build two to three GPS III spacecraft a year and support satellite liftoff in the first quarter of fiscal 2023.
The contractor would also develop a nuclear detonation tracking system, laser retroreflector array, dual-band transponders and secondary payloads for civilian use through the satellite program.