Defense

Mayflower selected for submarine antenna anti-jam upgrade

October 31, 2016By
The SAGE (NavGuard 501) GPS anti-jam unit.

An antenna upgrade for U.S. Navy submarines is being provided to improve GPS anti-jamming capabilities. Mayflower Communications Company, subcontractor to Lockheed Martin Sippican, is applying its Submarine Anti-Jam GPS Enhancement (SAGE) capability to the U.S. Navy Multifunction Mast Antenna System (OE-538B) upgrade to improve submarine communications and meet Navigation Warfare (NAVWAR) requirements. The Mayflower SAGE — a variant of Small Antenna System (SAS)... read more

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DoD certifies GPS OCX program to Congress

October 28, 2016By
Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, announced Oct. 12 the continuation of an over-cost program supporting the global positioning system. Here, Kendall is briefed by Jose Romero-Mariona on cybersecurity science and technology during Kendall’s visit to Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific in San Diego, Aug. 24. (Navy photo by Aaron Lebsack)

By Karen Parrish, DoD News, Defense Media Activity An Air Force program that will provide a vital new command system for the global positioning system satellite constellation in the shortest time possible will continue despite cost growth, Defense Department officials have confirmed. The next-generation operational control system, known as OCX, reached what is called a Nunn-McCurdy breach on June 30. The Nunn-McCurdy... read more

Largest unmanned naval exercise weighs anchor

October 21, 2016By
In the exercise, the Thales Watchkeeper looks seaward, spotting passing ships and feeding data to headquarters vessel  MV Northern River in the Irish Sea. (Photo: Royal Navy)

Unmanned Warrior 2016, the largest exercise for marine unmanned vehicles, is underway in the North Atlantic, off the coast of Scotland. The U.K. Navy hosts the event, and the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research is a key participant. The exercise will test many teamed technologies, including ONR’s lidar package for SeaHunter unmanned aerial vehicle. Researchers will evaluate the ability of... read more

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How to dissolve funding logjams in Congress

October 21, 2016By

[Editor’s note: This is the Signals Leadership Award acceptance speech given by Clark Cohen at GPS World’s 2016 Leadership Dinner in September. The Award was recognized the development of alternates to GPS based on communication satellites: a method for adding high-accuracy ranging capability to Iridium by modifying the transmitted signal structure of an already flying, programmable constellation. ] Thank you... read more

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L-3 completes GPS military code security certification

October 17, 2016By

L-3 Communications has announced that its next-generation military code (M-code) GPS user equipment has successfully completed the final step in a government security certification process. L-3’s M-code GPS features advanced user equipment technology, increasing soldiers’ ability to resist enemy jamming and spoofing and performing significantly better in contested environments. The development and certification of this technology was performed under the Air... read more

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Raytheon, US Air Force complete GPS OCX test milestone

October 13, 2016By
Testing demonstrates end-to-end functional checkout, integration of Block 1 capabilities.(Image: Raytheon)

Raytheon has reached another milestone in its development of the U.S. Air Force’s Global Positioning System Next Generation Operational Control System, known as GPS OCX. This new system offers significant improvements to the GPS on which the U.S. military and millions of civilians rely, including enhanced availability, accuracy and security. OCX’s development is delivered in “blocks,” with Block 0 comprising... read more

US Naval Observatory chooses NovAtel GPS anti-jam technology

October 10, 2016By
The U.S. Naval Observatory is located in Washington, D.C.

The United States Naval Observatory (USNO) has selected NovAtel’s GPS Anti-Jam Technology (GAJT) to satisfy a requirement for a controlled reception pattern antenna capability at sites throughout the Department of Defense Information Network (DoDIN). The DoDIN is the core global enterprise network of the United States military and is depended upon for secure and sensitive voice, data, video and bandwidth services.... read more

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Register by Tuesday for Friday’s adjacent band compatibility workshop

October 10, 2016By

The U.S. Department of Transportation will host its fifth workshop on the GPS Adjacent Band Compatibility Assessment effort on Oct. 14 in Washington, D.C. The workshop is open to the general public by registration only. Those who would like to attend the workshop are asked to register by Tuesday, Oct. 11. Read the Federal Register Notice here. The purpose of this workshop is... read more

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