Army opens new research lab to develop open-systems-architecture PNT technologies as alternatives to GPS

Sept. 24, 2020
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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Army is opening a new office and laboratory to develop agile position, navigation, and timing (PNT) solutions to reduce warfighter dependence on Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite navigation and timing. Defense News reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

24 Sept. 2020 -- The Army is keen to develop and deploy solutions that can keep soldiers operating in areas where the GPS signal has been denied, degraded, or spoofed. The PNT Modernization Office — which will open on 8 Oct. — will lead Army efforts to develop solutions using an open-systems architecture.

As it stands up, the PNT Modernization Office will launch a laboratory where commercial companies can work with the Army to develop PNT solutions. The Army has set aside space for the C4ISR/EW Modular Open Suite of Standards (CMOSS) Lab, which will be at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., and will encourage engagement with industry.

The lab will focus on RF systems, GPS, chip-scale atomic clocks, other timing technologies, and celestial navigation as alternatives to GPS. Technologies should be those that can be fielded quickly, and in five-year increments.

Related: Raytheon wins $32 million U.S. Navy GPS-based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Service contract to provide open-architecture computing environment

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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