The Raytheon Co.-led [including Braxon Technologies] team vying for the U.S. Air Force contract for the next generation GPS control segment (OCX) has completed a segment design review and modernized capability engineering model demonstration, the company has announced.

The segment design review was a comprehensive review of the team’s progress in systems engineering, systems architecture, and program management, according to Raytheon. Successful completion demonstrates that the design is sufficiently mature and the level of residual risk is acceptable to proceed to the program’s next phase, the company says.

The team demonstrated the ability to command modernized GPS signals, provide situational awareness, and expose data on the network through the modernized capability engineering model demonstration, according to Raytheon. It also demonstrated time-certain delivery by achieving all model objectives on time and within budget.

Raytheon is one of two companies, the other being Northrop Grumman, that are under 18-month, Phase A contracts as part of the development program for OCX. The Air Force plans to choose one company later this year to continue the program through development, deployment, and sustainment in Phase B.

“These mark major accomplishments for our entire team and significantly burn-down the execution risk on the program,” said Bob Canty, Raytheon GPS OCX vice president and program manager. “Both milestones allowed us to show the customer that we have met their requirements, significantly reduced program risk, and are well-positioned to deliver our GPS OCX solution.”

In addition to Raytheon, its OCX team includes Boeing, ITT, Infinity Engineering Systems, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, SRI International, and Braxton Technologies.