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Navy moves to protect GPS navigation

Oct. 19, 2012 at 10:09 AM
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy has contracted Rockwell Collins to develop technology to detect enemy attempts to disrupt military GPS navigation and communications.

The Office of Naval Research contract for the Modernized Integrated Spoofer Tracking program is for three years, the company said, but its monetary value was not disclosed.

"This program will help assure that essential high-accuracy navigation and timekeeping services are available to weapons platforms and military users while enabling warfighters to identify potential threats," said John Borghese, vice president of the Rockwell Collins Advanced Technology Center. "This contract award further validates Rockwell Collins industry leading position as an innovator of GPS technology."

Rockwell Collins said that in the first year of the contract it will develop advanced algorithms for the system that will not only detect and classify threats but also locate their source. Lab testing and demonstrations of the technology will be conducted in the second and third year of the contract.

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