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The US Army Europe announced the first scaffolding of 62 trouble-resistant (Anti-Jam) GPS systems on light combat vehicles. Thousands more systems to follow up, 2028. With the equipment of the vehicles in Germany (eg Stryker) was started a month ago.

A soldier checked a member of the Mounted Assured Precision Navigation & Timing System - known as MAPS. (Photo: John Higgins)

The MAPS (Mounted Assured Precision Navigation & Timing System) has been developed to the vehicles with a reliable navigation system ( "Assured position, navigation and timing" - A-PNT) equip. Here, the GPS receiver is coupled with an anti-jam antenna explains Colonel Nickolas Kioutas, PNT project manager. PNT is part of a technology initiative of the US Army, which should be completed, 2028. Even if it does not pronounce, the measures are directed clearly against Russia. From there has been disturbed in recent years massively during NATO exercises jammers communication and electronic systems of Western countries. Also in the "Ukraine-campaign" Jamming / EW (Electronic Warfare) was used widely.

2019 will be equipped over 300 vehicles Stryker. Already, improved versions of the first and second generation are expected - a "hare and tortoise race" to the forward position. The US Army wants to equip all armored brigades with this technology and scaffolded MAPS in vehicles such as armored personnel Bradley, the battle tank M1 Abrams or the M109 self-propelled howitzer. Previously, these vehicles have more so-called Defense Advanced GPS Receiver (DAGR) used. "MAPS replaces multiple DAGR devices through a really good system," said Kioutas.

The technology

MAPS uses an atomic clock on the chip scale for measuring time, the selective availability and deception resistant module (Selective Availability and Anti-Spoof Module - SAASM) for GPS and interference-resistant antenna for the distribution of PNT information. Future versions of MAPS are additional non-GPS sensors included by the GPS will be merged with alternative navigation and timing technologies. Just so the soldiers can trust the information in all Szenaren.

Of course a system based solely on GPS system also has many advantages, such as less maintenance and system key failure. But MAPS works whenever a GPS signal weakened, impaired or distorted. The technology is available both for scaffolding in vehicles and the infantry soldiers are available. Earlier this year the capability requirements have been set for the portable system. Currently, the first prototypes are tested. The data can later be transferred by wire or wirelessly.

The PNT team confirms that it is now important to put the soldiers in combat this technology available and to leave their feedback incorporated into future generations. On October 15, there will be at AUSA in Washington DC a presentation on "PNT CFT's Tactical Space Line of effort".

André Forkert