NETWORK-CENTRIC WARFARE: Curtiss-Wright chooses embedded GPS receiver from Rockwell Collins for vetronics networking

Vetronics designers at Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions in Ashburn, Va., needed a rugged military GPS receiver for the company's Digital Beachhead vetronics networking appliance for armored combat vehicles. They found their solution from Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Curtiss-Wright is choosing the Rockwell Collins SAASM-based MPE-S GPS receiver module for the Digital Beachhead electronics subsystems designed to be compliant with the U.S. Army's Vehicular Integration for C4ISR/EW Interoperability (VICTORY) initiative for interoperable vehicle electronics digital network services.

Curtiss-Wright will integrate the MPE-S into the Digital Beachhead rugged COTS system that adds a rugged VICTORY-compliant networking backbone to new and legacy military ground vehicles. Digital Beachhead is for modernizing ground vehicles with VICTORY networking.

The MPE-S from Rockwell Collins is based on the company's Selective Availability/Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM). It encapsulates all GPS classified data and signal processing into one tamper-proof module. SAASM provides jamming and spoofing protection for U.S. and allied forces operating in hostile environments.

The Rockwell Collins SAASM-based MPE-S GPS receiver is the Army standard embedded GPS receiver for the Ground-Based GPS Receiver Application Module (GB-GRAM) program, Curtiss-Wright officials say.

The internal SAASM GPS receiver enables the Digital Beachhead to comply with Army embedded GPS policy, and will provide time, position, speed, and other GPS data as a VICTORY network service. The Digital Beachhead also has a 16-port Gigabit Ethernet network switch.

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