Officials of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/WNKCB at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., awarded the contract for Honeywell to conduct EGI platform integration, modernization, diminishing manufacturing sources, testing, depot repair, and spares.
The EGI, manufactured by Honeywell and the Northrop Grumman Corp. Electronic Systems segment in Woodland Hills, Calif., is a navigation system that combines a GPS receiver card with an inertial navigation system (INS) in one 20-pound unit that measures 7 by 11 by 12 inches. The navigation systems are for helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft as upgrades to existing systems or as replacements for older and less capable systems.
The Air Force awarded the contract to Honeywell in late September before the government shutdown placed heavy limits on U.S. military contracting.
The EGI is an Army/Navy/Air Force program that developed a small, reliable, lightweight navigation and guidance unit that contains precise position service GPS on one standard electronic module, plus a ring laser gyro inertial navigation system.
EGI provides three navigation solutions: GPS only, inertial navigation only, or a blended GPS/INS navigation solution. The system has been in production since the late 1990s.
On this sole-source contract Honeywell will do the work in Clearwater, Fla., and should be finished by September 2018.