Locata system

TMC Design has received a contract from the US Air Force (USAF) to install Locata’s Non-GPS Based Positioning System (NGBPS) at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) in New Mexico, US.

Awarded by USAF’s 746th Test Squadron (746 TS), the contract covers design, integration and operational installation of the NGBPS system, including both fixed and mobile command and control (C2) nodes, and a network of LocataLite transceivers on WSMR.

TMC Design has been certified by Locata to build and install military systems in the US, after securing a sole-source, 13-year contract for NGBPS deployment from USAF in December 2012.

Offering highly accurate ‘truth data’ covering a large proportion of WSMR, NGBPS will provide the 746 TS with a new and enhanced capability for validation of the operations of mobile and airborne position, navigation and timing (PNT) equipment, as well as navigation warfare (NAVWAR) systems in GPS denied environments.

Locata CEO Nunzio Gambale said NGBPS will power the USAF’s new gold standard GPS test system by supplying continuous centimeter-level positioning when GPS is completely jammed.

”Now that we have completed the development and contract negotiation stage and our system is to be physically deployed for operational use across WSMR, we rely heavily on the professionalism and expertise of our integration partner, TMC, to build out and install the Locata ground infrastructure,” Gambale added.

Capable of operating in combination with GPS, or independent of GPS, depending on 746 TS mission requirements, the Locata system is recognised as a critical component for realisation of the squadron’s new Ultra-High Accuracy Reference System (UHARS) for the increasingly demanding test and evaluation of the Department of Defense’s future navigation systems.

Installation work under the contract is expected to be completed during the third quarter of 2013.

Image: The Locata transmitter deployed at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, US. Photo: Courtesy of Locata Corporation Pty. Limited.

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