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Raytheon’s Troubled GPS III Ground Control Network Slips Again

  • Air Force extends development by 9 months until April 2022
  • Ground stations needed for new, more advanced GPS satellites

Add at least nine more months of delays before the U.S. Air Force can deploy a fully capable version of Raytheon Co.’s ground system for advanced GPS satellites, a project that was already running about five years late.

The ground system, which was supposed to be in operation by October 2016 under Raytheon’s contract, now isn’t projected to be ready until at least April 2022, the Air Force said in response to an inquiry by Bloomberg News. Extending the schedule will increase the projected cost of the system’s development phase to $6 billion, up from $5.4 billion most recently and $4 billion in 2015.

Raytheon’s “Operational Control Network” of 20 ground stations and antennas worldwide is needed to take full advantage of new GPS III satellites being built by Lockheed Martin Corp. that promise greater worldwide coverage, accuracy and cybersecurity. The Global...