Raytheon has been awarded a contract for the delivery of additional MAGR 2000-S24 miniaturised airborne GPS receivers to the US Air Force (USAF). Comprising production of 323 new units and sustainment of existing systems, the $15.8m order represents the first award under an indefinite delivery-indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract awarded by the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center to the company in September 2013. Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems business GPS and Navigation Systems director Sharon Black said the innovative MAGR 2000-S24 design makes future unit replacement virtually unnecessary.
"Our capability enhancements are as simple as swapping out the electronics module card, providing a highly cost-effective path for keeping fleets up-to-date with the latest GPS technology," Black said. Weighing 11.5lbs, the MAGR 2000-S24 is a 24-channel MAGR 2000 system, and receives, tracks and processes the GPS signal from specified antenna subsystems and provides position, velocity and time, and integrity information to the host vehicle interfaces. Capable of providing enhanced navigation accuracy and integrity than legacy 3-A and MAGR units, the system also offers increased resistance to interference and jamming using selective availability and anti-spoofing module (SAASM) technology. The receiver, which is mounted on 20 fixed- and rotary-wing platform types, features open architecture and flexible design to enable easy integration of future GPS modernisation enhancements, including the next-generation Military code (M-code) signal, which is claimed to offer significantly enhanced position/navigation/time performance against current and evolving threats. Raytheon completed its 2,000th delivery of MAGR 2000 systems to the US military and its allies in Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific regions, in September 2013. Work under the existing MAGR 2000-S24 IDIQ contract extends through September 2017, while the initial shipments are scheduled to be completed in June 2015.