The U.S. Air Force is shopping for alternative companies to head the GPS III program after its current contractor, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, hit production delays, according to the Denver Post.
There have been technical problems with the first GPS III satellite navigation system, which is supplied by Lockheed Martin subcontractor Exelis, the newspaper reports.
After the current eight-satellite contract is fulfilled, contracts to build the 22 remaining spacecraft are up for bid, according to a notice posted by the Air Force on the Federal Business Opportunities website.
Exelis’ navigation system was producing signal interference that prevented Lockheed from delivering by its target date earlier this year, which is now anticipated for delivery in 2015. The system is undergoing rigorous tests.