The US Air Force (USAF) has awarded a follow-on order to Rockwell Collins for the delivery of 300 additional units of the Military Code (M-Code) Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers.
Awarded by the USAF Space and Missile Systems Center (USAF SMC), the current order will be carried out in support of the airforce’s Military GPS User Equipment (MGUE) programme.
Rockwell Collins Navigation Solutions director Rob Scott said: “This order will help accelerate the rapid integration and fielding of M-Code.
“The delivery of our high-performing M-Code GPS receivers will enable the next generation of reliable and secure military navigation.”
Designed by USAF SMC, the MGUE programme will help increase GPS capabilities for the combatant at places where current signals might be unavailable.
With the beginning of work on the MGUE programme in 2012, Rockwell Collins has developed and supplied, and will assist in the transition to M-Code receivers.
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In addition to enhancing traditional GPS for military use, M-Code is designed to co-exist with existing signals without interfering with current or future civilian or military user equipment.
The autonomous receiver allows users to calculate their positions by using only the M-Code signal compared to existing signals where more than one signal code is required.
Last year, Rockwell Collins supplied the 770th M-Code GPS receiver to the USAF SMC.
This year, the company is expected to reach the future major development milestone for the receivers with the completion of the Global Positioning Systems Directorate (GPS-D) security certification.