Both Boeing and Lockheed Martin have submitted bids to build the next generation Global Positioning System satellites—GPS III. Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles AFB, Calif., issued the request for proposals in July. Boeing’s VP and general manager for space and intelligence systems, Howard Chambers, said in a statement that his company’s bid “builds on our proven 34-year GPS partnership with the US Air Force.” A Lockheed statement cited the company’s “proven record of providing progressively advanced spacecraft for the current GPS constellation. Lockheed’s executive VP for space systems, Joanne Maguire, said, “We understand the importance of this critical system and stand ready to extend our record of superior performance.”
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.