Raytheon was selected by the U.S. Air Force for an initial $886 million contract to develop a new element of the Global Positioning System to improve the system’s accuracy.

The contract covers command and control of the GPS system, said Keith Little, spokesman for Raytheon.

“About 100 people will be working on the project – and most of those will be from Raytheon,” he said. “Right now, we won’t really be hiring anyone new, but there’s room for growth as the project moves forward.”

The advanced control segment, also known as OCX, will include anti-jam capabilities and improved security, accuracy and reliability and will be based on a modern service-oriented architecture.

Raytheon has broad experience in delivering satellite-to-ground command and control systems.

Much of the work will be done at Schriever Air Force Base, Little said.

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