NovAtel’s GAJT-700ML antenna has been selected by the Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) for testing on Canadian Army’s armoured vehicles, as part of the department’s build in Canada innovation program (BCIP).
Focused on battlefield days, the testing will analyse the antenna’s performance on the artillery observation post variants (OPV) of the light armored vehicle III (LAV III) in operational conditions to confirm its suitability and robustness.
NovAtel Marketing and Product Management vice-president Jason Hamilton said the BCIP programme offers an opportunity to expand the testing to incorporate end user soldier feedback on the installation and operational effectiveness of GAJT during battlefield usage of the LAV OPV.
”This invaluable feedback will be used by NovAtel to further drive product innovation in support of Canada and its allied partners,” Hamilton said.
Director of land requirements, colonel Andrew Jayne, said the Canadian Army requires accurate, secure and reliable access to GPS to conduct operations across the full spectrum of conflict in all potential theatres of operation.
”With the ever-increasing demands on the electromagnetic spectrum and threat of harmful interference, technologies which contribute to the assurance of position and timing information are a critical enabler of army operations in today and tomorrow’s operating environment," Jayne said.
To be conducted under the supervision of the Directorate of Land Requirements (DLR), the Quality Engineering Test Establishment (QETE) and the Land Force Trials and Evaluation Unit (LFTEU), the testing is expected to take place at 4th Canadian Division Support Garrison Petawawa in early March 2014, and conclude by the end of that month.
The GAJT-700ML, manufactured at NovAtel’s global headquarters in Calgary, is claimed to be the world’s first single-unit GPS anti-jam antenna system for land vehicles, networks and timing infrastructure.
Other variants of the GAJT, a null-forming technology designed to negate jammers, ensuring the availability of satellite signals necessary to compute position and time, include GAJT-700MS and GAJT-AE.