Army reaches out to industry for assured PNT navigation technologies for ground, maritime, air, and space

Oct. 26, 2023
Army searching for COTS technologies for situational awareness, defensive, and offensive capabilities in navigation warfare (NAVWAR) missions.

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – U.S. Army researchers are surveying industry to find companies with relatively mature assured positioning, navigation, and timing (A-PNT) technologies for a variety of military ground, maritime, air, and space applications.

Officials of the Army Contracting Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., have issued a request for information (APNTSCFT-24) for the PNTAX 2024 project to find mature A-PNT technologies for the Assured Positioning, Navigation and Timing/Space Cross-Functional Team (APNT/S CFT), contested environment event next August at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

Army experts want to identify potential sources of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS), non-developmental items (NDI), or near-NDI for assured PNT technologies for situational awareness, defensive, and offensive capabilities in ground, air, space or cyber applications for navigation warfare (NAVWAR) missions.

Companies interested should be able to provide ground-, air-, space-, or cyber-based A-PNT and NAVWAR sensor capabilities that will be ready for test and demonstration at the APNT/S CFT event or deployment for as long as six months.

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These A-PNT capabilities should be applicable to navigation, electronic warfare (EW) or satellite communications (SATCOM) applications, and should be at Technology Readiness Level (TRL)-6 within one year of assessment. TRL-6 is ready for prototype demonstration in a real-world environment.

Army experts also want to know for which military applications, platforms, and missions would the suggested A-PNT technologies be appropriate. Also of interest are fields of view; ranges; external interfaces; remote-operation capability; size, weight, and power consumption (SWaP); GPS receivers used; M-code or selective availability anti-spoofing module (SAASM) capabilities; ruggedized or high-reliability capabilities; military standards involved; software requirements; VICTORY and Open System Architecture (OSA) requirements; cyber security standards; and expected mean time between failures (MTBF).

Companies interested should email 15-page white papers to the Army's Jason Sideman at [email protected] and Lisa Reyes at [email protected], no later than 30 Nov. 2023. Put RFI number APNTSCFT-24 in the email subject line.

Email questions or concerns to the Army's Jason Sideman at [email protected] and Lisa Reyes at [email protected]. More information is online at

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