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GPS anti-jam increasingly big business

August 29, 2016By
Military-based airborne segment to hold the largest size in the GPS anti-jamming market during the forecast period. (Source: Research and Markets)

It’s getting bigger all the time, GPS/GNSS business. And coming along in its wake, starting to grow like a sproutly little brother, is GPS anti-jamming, to safeguard the signal in various scenarios. The anti-jamming market for GPS is expected to reach US$4.8 billion in value and 309.2 thousand units in volume by 2022, according to a newly released report by... read more

Lockheed precision-guided munitions tests successful

August 26, 2016By
Dual Mode Plus uses inertial guidance with GPS updates to shape flight path for target engagement at desired impact heading and dive angle. (Photo: Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin’s new Dual Mode Plus laser guided bomb (LGB) successfully completed two recent flight tests at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division in China Lake, California. The tests demonstrated operation of the new linear optics, GPS/inertial navigation system (INS) guidance subsystem and the control actuation system, meeting all mission objectives. Released from an F/A-18 Super Hornet, the two... read more

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Vulcano weapon system to fire with Rockwell Collins NavFire GPS

August 8, 2016By

Rockwell Collins is bringing its NavFire Precision Positioning Service (PPS) GPS to Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s Vulcano family for naval and artillery applications. Derived from the field-proven 12-channel NavFire Precise Positioning Service GPS receiver, Rockwell Collins’ NavStrike military GPS offers high performance GPS for tightly coupled GPS/inertial navigation system (GPS/INS) integrations. “We have customized the NavFire receivers for the particular caliber of the ammunition, and... read more

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Spectracom adds resiliency for military communications system

July 25, 2016By

Secondary receiver uses eLoran to back up GPS time Spectracom has been selected to provide Interference, Detection and Mitigation (IDM) capability to its SecureSync precision time and frequency reference system to support Rohde & Schwarz Benelux B.V. and the Netherlands Ministry of Defence for secure long-range military communications systems. The upgrade, which is based on a secondary receiver that extracts... read more

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Networking for assisted PNT

July 8, 2016By
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A networked radio from Thales is designed to meet soldiers’ need for assured positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) while on foot. The MBITR2 is part of a broader defense effort to provide PNT solutions in case of GPS jamming or interference. The MBITR2 is one of a number of devices and technologies, many still in development, to address this need.... read more

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Navsys honored for security

July 7, 2016By

Navsys Corporation received the 2016 James S. Cogswell Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award, the highest honor the Defense Security Service (DSS) presents to cleared industry partners, for its facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Founded in 1986 by Alison Brown, NAVSYS has assisted other small businesses, including partner GPS Source, in establishing security programs for GPS products. The company conducts research... read more

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Tomorrow’s driverless convoy on the road today

June 6, 2016By
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Unmanned tactical wheeled vehicles for logistics and route clearance missions provide a significant force protection advantage — removing personnel from targeted vehicles, extending standoff distance from explosives, and empowering a single operator to simultaneously supervise multiple unmanned assets in convoy. This article discusses some of the enabling technologies and the motivations behind them, for safer and more efficient logistics and... read more

Airbus to provide solar cells for MicroLink Zephyr UAV

May 18, 2016By
MicroLink Devices solar sheets are lightweight and flexible with high specific and aeral powers enabling significant mobile power generation. (Photo: PRNewsFoto/MicroLink Devices)

Airbus Defence and Space has issued a production contract for MicroLink Devices’ solar sheets for use on the new Zephyr S platform. The Zephyr platform is a new class of unmanned air vehicle that operates as a high-altitude pseudo-satellite (HAPS) enabling affordable, persistent, local satellite-like services. The aircraft runs exclusively on solar power, and the Zephyr aircraft is at the forefront... read more