Canadian Army completes testing of NovAtel’s GAJT antenna system

17 November 2016 (Last Updated November 17th, 2016 18:30)

NovAtel's GPS anti-jam technology (GAJT) has been successfully tested in live-firing conditions by the Canadian Army.

Canadian Army completes testing of NovAtel’s GAJT antenna system

NovAtel's GPS anti-jam technology (GAJT) has been successfully tested in live-firing conditions by the Canadian Army.

The GAJT was tested on the M777C1 Howitzer at Canadian Forces Base Shilo in Manitoba under the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) of Public Services and Procurement Canada.

The BCIP's goal is to help companies procure and test innovative goods and services within the federal government before taking them to market, NovAtel said in a statement.

Canadian Army GAJT trial director captain Thomas Booth said: “I am proud to support Canadian companies via the Build in Canada Innovation Program, as administered by Public Services and Procurement Canada.

“Through our independent testing, we saw that NovAtel’s GAJT-AE-N continued to work under the most demanding circumstances, indicating it could potentially be employed to preserve a combat force’s freedom of action in a hostile and unforgiving environment.”

"Through our independent testing, we saw that NovAtel’s GAJT-AE-N continued to work under the most demanding circumstances."

The trial was conducted to validate the technology's robustness under the most demanding conditions, said NovAtel.

The null-forming antenna system has been developed to protect GPS-based navigation and precise timing receivers from intentional jamming and accidental interference.

Available in various versions suitable for land, sea, fixed installations and smaller platforms such as UAVs, GAJT ensures satellite signals necessary to compute position and time are always available.

The M-Code ready GAJT is designed to work with civil and military receivers, eliminating the need to replace GPS receivers that are already installed, according to the company.

The M777C1 is a lightweight 155mm towed howitzer that is equipped with a highly advanced digital gun management system that enables the crew to engage targets in a very precise manner.

It provides close fire support without sacrificing range, stability, accuracy or durability.


Image: M777 light towed howitzer in service. Photo: courtesy of Jonathan Mallard.