Air Force combat aircraft face a growing need for GPS and PNT security to protect targeting and networking

Oct. 6, 2020
NTS-3 is an emerging space communications system engineered for secure GPS and PNT for networking, and as an alternative to traditional GPS.

WASHINGTON – What if Air Force fighters and bombers were attacking an enemy with precision targeting when their GPS signals disappeared or got hacked? Kris Osborn at The National Interest reports. Continue reading original article

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6 Oct. 2020 -- What if electronic warfare (EW) or cyber attacks threw off the guided missiles and ground-coordinates being assembled on the ground by friendly joint tactical air controllers?

Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite navigation is a virtual backbone for military operations which is considered essential to coordinated warfare operations. While there are many ongoing efforts to find better security for GPS, just how hackable is it?

The U.S. military is engineering several emerging technologies to preserve positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) in a GPS-denied environment. This is becoming possible because of the Air Force’s emerging Navigational Technology Satellite-3 technology set to launch in 2022.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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