Army considers position, navigation, and timing (PNT) and 3D terrain mapping for GPS-denied environments

Nov. 10, 2021
Army asks for industry white papers for network-assisted PNT tools that reduce size, weight, and power; enhance software; or provide inline solutions.

AUSTIN, Texas – The U.S. Army Applications Lab in Austin, Texas, is seeking network-aided capabilities to let soldiers know exactly where they are, how to get where they’re going, and when to move on the battlefield -- especially when they can’t depend on GPS. Breaking Defense reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

10 Nov. 2021 -- A special notice posted in October says, “The intent of this special topic is to develop Network Aided devices, including component, sub-component, and associated technologies, to allow dismounted Soldiers to continue to operate without using standard GPS signals.”

The notice is part of a larger push in the Army to develop new tools for position, navigation, and timing (PNT) that enable soldiers to operate in extremely remote environment or in places where adversaries could interfere with GPS.

One potential option is the use of extremely detailed global 3D terrain mapping to enable soldiers to track their positions by analyzing their own surroundings.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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