The US Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has awarded a $325.5m multi-year contract to BAE Systems to provde advanced Military Code (M-Code) Global Positioning System (GPS) modules.
The contract will see the company deliver Modernised GPS User Equipment (MGUE) Increment 1 Common GPS Modules (CGMs) compatible with the advanced M-Code signal.
According to the company, the modules will support the US Department of Defense and allies until 2030.
The modules will provide reliable and secure positioning, navigation, as well as timing data with capabilities such as ‘anti-jamming and anti-spoofing’.
They help troops conduct operations in harsh electronic warfare (EW) environments.
BAE Systems Navigation and Sensor Systems director Greg Wild said: “Our state-of-the-art GPS technology works with the advanced military M-Code signal to provide reliable information to the warfighters who depend on it.
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“This contract will ensure the availability of M-Code module inventory to build advanced, next-generation GPS receivers.”
On behalf of the DLA, BAE Systems will manufacture the modules and manage their inventory.
The company will use the modules to build military-grade GPS receivers for ground and precision-guided munitions.
BAE Systems’ suite of M-Code GPS receivers offer ‘flexible, efficient, and reliable navigation and guidance solutions’.
The M-Code GPS receivers will be used for airborne systems, precision munitions, handheld receivers, and embedded applications.
BAE noted that its Miniature Precision Lightweight GPS Receiver Engine – M-Code (MPE-M) and the NavStrike-M GPS receiver are both available in the market for precision-guided munitions.
The company claims that its MPE-M is the smallest M-Code solution available in the market.
Furthermore, other receivers from the company’s military GPS suite are in development for M-Code conversion.