The U.S. Air Force it has awarded the Lockheed-Martin Federal Systems division a seven-year contract totaling $368 million. The contract, named the Command & Control Sustainment, will use workers at the Colorado Springs Lockheed-Martin location.

The agreement is set for Lockheed-Martin to sustain the Command and Control Segment of the Air Satellite Control Network. The network is located at Falcon Air Force Base east of Colorado Springs.

According to a Lockheed-Martin representative, the contract could possibly exceed the designated $368 million as varied task options are exercised.

The sustainment of the Command and Control Segment will work in conjunction with the Network Operations Upgrade Contract, which was awarded to Lockheed-Martin in July.

The NOUC, which has a planned budget of $24 million to $48 million, may also increase in contract value, according to changes in engineering plans.

Lockheed-Martin’s ground system for NOUC will feature an open systems architecture, which will make new capability upgrades possible as commercial off-the-shelf products and technologies evolve. The new automation technologies will perform operator functions, lowering costs, as fewer and lower skilled people will be capable of managing and supporting the network.

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The CCSC will be sustained as it is phased out, over the next seven years, while the upgrading, which will be completed by the NOUC, is completed over the next five years.

The CCSC is designed to keep abreast of the current technology while the upgrading is completed.

The Command and Control Segment of this operation maintains events in real-time. The ground-based system is aimed at directing and controlling a network of satellites. The satellites handle communications, weather, surveillance, and special missions.

Agencies that profit from the satellite network are the Department of Defense, NASA, and NATO.

The Federal Systems division employs several hundred locally. It has had an office here since the 1980s. Other local contracts include the Global Positioning System and the Command and Data Processing contracts.

Lockheed-Martin is headquartered in Bethesda, Md., and has 190,000 employees worldwide. The company reported $30 billion in annual sales in 1995.