Defense

US Navy awards Raytheon $255 million for precision landing

November 8, 2016By
A U.S. Navy F-35C Lightning II lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in the Pacific. (Photo: US Navy)

System equips the F-35 and unmanned aircraft with safer, more accurate landing guidance   The U.S. Navy has awarded Raytheon Company a $255 million contract for development and production readiness of its next generation precision landing system. The Joint Precision Approach and Landing System uses GPS satellite navigation to provide more accurate landing guidance for manned and unmanned aircraft, replacing... read more

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Spectratime launches Force 2020 atomic clock for defense

November 7, 2016By
The Spectratime Force 2020 Rubidium clock is designed for the defense market.

Spectratime, a provider of high precision atomic clocks and a business of the Orolia Group, has launched the Force 2020. The Force 2020 is a rugged, anti-vibration, GPS/GNSS-lockable, ultra-low-noise Rubidium atomic clock for highly dynamic defense platform applications. According to Pascal Rochat, managing director of Spectratime, “Next-generation defense airborne radars, drones, helicopters, secure shipboard and radio communications systems use high... read more

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Talen-X gets GPS Directorate security approval for BroadSim

November 2, 2016By
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Talen-X has been given security approval by the GPS Directorate, allowing BroadSim to create and process Y-Code while in a classified environment. BroadSim is a software-defined GNSS simulator that enables users to easily model true and spoofed signals. BroadSim was developed to simplify advanced jamming and spoofing scenarios with Navigation Warfare (NAVWAR) testing in mind. BroadSim supports high dynamics, advanced... read more

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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