The US Air Force (USAF) has tested Raytheon’s Military-Code (M-Code) Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver on-board a B-2 Spirit stealth bomber.
The series of flight tests were conducted at Edwards Air Force Base in California, US, marking a milestone in the modernisation of GPS equipment to improve security, positioning, navigation and timing capabilities for the US military and civilian applications.
Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems president Rick Yuse said: “M-code receivers unlock the next-generation GPS network for military users.
“This test demonstrated M-code capability on-board the B-2 for the first time, marking an early milestone for the overall GPS modernisation effort.”
The tests validated the integration of an MGUE-equipped risk reduction prototype of Raytheon’s miniaturised GPS airborne receiver, MAGR-2K-M, with B-2 systems, Raytheon stated.
Raytheon is developing M-code receivers under a contract previously awarded by the USAF Global Positioning System Directorate GPS User Equipment Division.
The company has also been contracted by the USAF Joint Service Systems Management Office to qualify and certify the MAGR-2K-M receiver and deliver production representative units to support platform integration and testing.
The US Government’s multibillion-dollar GPS modernisation programme involves acquisition of satellites such as GPS Block IIR-M, GPS Block IIF, GPS III, and GPS III Follow-On.
The programme also includes upgrading the GPS control segment, including the GPS III contingency operations (COps), M-code early use (MCEU), and next-generation operational control system (OCX) programmes.