Air Force looks for companies to design replacement modem for GPS antenna ground station

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah, 20 Dec. 2012. U.S. Air Force officials are surveying industry to find companies able to design a new space-ground link system (SGLS) modem to replace the outdated SGLS modem technology for the AN/FRC-178 antenna ground station.

The Air Force Ogden Air Logistics Complex at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, issued a sources-sought notice (FA8250-13-SS-GPSSGLSMODEM) notice Monday for the USAF GPS SGLS Modem Design project, which seeks to design a new GPS ground antenna for the AN/FRC-178.

The redesigned antenna must be form, fit, function, and interface (FFFI) replacements for the legacy SGLS modem. The Air Force is trying to identify companies with the skills, experience, and knowledge necessary to design the SGLS modem.

The AN/FRC-178 interfaces with GPS satellites and master control station. It is unmanned, receives commands, and returns data via an encrypted telecommunications link.

Companies responding will receive copies of the request for proposal (RFP) when issued. Air Force experts will use this information to determine their best acquisition strategy for this procurement.

Companies interested should respond no later than 17 Jan. 2013, and identify small business status, any anticipated teaming arrangements, a description of similar services offered in the past three years.

For questions or concerns contact the Air Force's Bryce Johnson by email at

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