Rockwell Collins has been awarded a technology investment agreement to continue provision of support services for the US military’s low-cost global positioning system (GPS) programme.
Awarded by the US Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy’s Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III Program Office, the $3.2m contract involves the company continuing the next phase of a joint investment agreement for the programme.
Rockwell Collins communication and navigation products vice president and general manager Bob Haag said: "The DPA Title III programme has supported us in making smaller, lower cost GPS receiver technology available for a broad range of important Department of Defense programmes."
Under the programme’s previous phases, the company produced next-generation military GPS selective availability anti-spoofing module (SAASM), which is a small, lightweight and low power-consuming device, capable of enabling decryption of precision GPS coordinates.
The device helps in the development of a broad spectrum of GPS receivers that will provide significant size, weight and power reduction for the currently used military systems worldwide.
Some GPS receivers include the Rockwell Collins MicroGRAM, a stamp-sized GPS receiver used for micro-embedded applications, including handheld tactical radios, soldier systems and micro unmanned air vehicles (UAV), NavFire and Micro Defense Advanced GPS Receiver (MicroDAGR).
NavFire is the smallest, low power consumption, G-hardened military GPS receiver for artillery use, while the MicroDAGR is a low power use, secure handheld GPS receiver designed to provide real-time position, navigation, moving map and timing information to dismounted soldiers.
The low-cost GPS programme has successfully reduced the size, weight, power and cost of such devices, addressing the DoD’s ‘Better Buying Power Initiative’ objectives, which aims to provide better value to the taxpayer and military.
Around $100m has been saved by the DoD programme to date, and more than $300m savings are expected to be achieved in additional savings and cost avoidance over the next five years.
Image: The Defense Advanced GPS Receiver (DAGR) developed by Rockwell Collins. Photo: courtesy of Davandron.