The Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense (MoD) has placed an order with US military contractor GTX Corp for its global positioning system (GPS) and Track & Trace solutions.

The company is involved in the manufacture of wearable GPS, people and asset tracking location-based services (LBS) and real-time location systems (RTLS).

The initial test order, which will be sent to the company in the next few weeks, is part of a requirement from the Sri Lanka Army, Disaster Management Centre, and Centre for Research and Development.

Under a Sri Lanka MoD initiative, the country’s personnel and equipment have to be tagged, tracked and located (TTL).

GTX, along with the Sri Lankan Government, has been working for the past year to get approvals for the sales and import of its products.

Approvals for the sales and import of GTX’s products were received after the government confirmed the 2019 annual allocated budget of $17.5bn.

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Within this context, GTX was established as a registered supplier for the year 2019 and has also received renewal notification for the year 2020.

GTX director Andrew Duncan said: “As with most government institutions, things usually take longer than expected but we are very pleased to have received confirmation that the initial order and payment were successfully processed on their end and received on our end.

“We expect to ship this first order of GPS SmartSoles, Take along Trackers and NFC tags in the coming weeks.”