Air Force taps Raytheon for GPS receiver modernization

Raytheon Co. has won an $11.2 million contract from the Air Force to provide initial development work related to the service's next-generation of military global positioning system receivers, the company announced

Under the contract, Raytheon's Space and Airborne Systems business will study the implementation, certification, integration and operation of a modernized military GPS architecture.

The company also will study the feasibility and advisability of implementing the military's Y-Code GPS signal in user equipment.

Raytheon plans to complete work on the project by February 2005 in time for the start of the military GPS equipment engineering development phase.

Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems of El Segundo, Calif., is a unit of Raytheon of Lexington, Mass. The company has more than 76,000 employees and had annual sales of $16.8 billion in fiscal 2002.

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