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Cuming to Build GPS III Test Facility for Lockheed
Computerized rendering of satellite for GPS III system.
Chambersburg, PA — Cuming Lehman Chambers (CLCI) has been awarded a contract to construct an advanced PIM Test Facility for Lockheed Martin Space Systems at their Newtown, Pennsylvania facility. The Passive Intermodulation (PIM) shielded test chamber will support development and testing for several of Lockheed Martin's next-generation technologies including GPS III and MUOS. According to Lockheed Martin, these technologies represent more than $3.5 billion in new contracts for the company.

CLCI will utilize advanced RF absorbers developed by its parent company, Cuming Microwave, as well as proprietary building techniques in the design and construction of the 2,668-ft.2, 53-ft. tall PIM Test Facility.

GPS III is a $1.46 billion program to build the next-generation Global Positioning System. The development contract was awarded to the Lockheed Martin team by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. GPS III will improve position, navigation and timing services and provide advanced antijam capabilities yielding superior system security, accuracy and reliability. The next generation GPS IIIA satellites will deliver significant improvements over current GPS space vehicles, including a new international civil signal (L1C) and increased M-Code antijam power with full earth coverage for military users.

The Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) is a $2.1 billion program to develop satellites and associated ground control elements for the U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR). MUOS is a next-generation narrowband tactical satellite communications system designed to significantly improve ground communications for U.S. forces on the move. MUOS will replace the current narrowband tactical satellite communications system known as the Ultra High Frequency Follow-On (UFO) system.

Contact: Cuming-Lehman Chambers, 5800 Cumberland Highway, Chambersburg, PA 17201 717-263-4101 fax: 717-263-4102 Web:

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