Army looks to Rockwell Collins for military handheld GPS receiver deliveries

U.S. Air Force officials recognized a need for portable, global positioning systems for its military personnel.

Sep 1st, 2009
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U.S. Air Force officials recognized a need for portable, global positioning systems for its military personnel. They found their solution at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Rockwell Collins is providing military handheld GPS receivers to the U.S. Air Force GPS Wing under terms of a $450 million contract. The contract, which includes GPS antenna technology, calls for Rockwell Collins to deliver Defense Advanced Global Positioning System Receivers (DAGR) through 2016.

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Rockwell Collins has delivered more than 290,000 DAGR GPS sensor units and more than 1.5 million accessories since the company was selected by the Air Force for full-rate production in 2003. This latest award brings the total value of the DAGR rugged GPS contracts to $1.15 billion.

The DAGR boasts global positioning system satellite navigation capability. Primarily used by the U.S. Army, the DAGR is considered the handheld GPS receiver standard for position, navigation, and situational awareness, says a representative.

The receiver provides precise timing to synchronize tactical radios, missile platforms and other situation awareness navigation systems for the digital battlespace and includes a graphical user interface (GUI) that greatly provides ease of use while enhancing the soldier’s effectiveness and safety.

The DAGR design incorporates anti-jam improvements and denied GPS capabilities for worldwide enhanced battlefield protection and is the first U.S. handheld GPS receiver program to receive the Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module, a next-generation security device.

For more information, visit Rockwell Collins online at www.rockwellcollins.com.

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