GPS

February 11, 2020
 

Honeywell Inc., Clearwater, Florida, has been awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with estimated ceiling of $3,517,000,000 for Embedded GPS Inertial Navigation System Modernization (EGI/EGI-M) follow-on production and sustainment. The contract provides production, sustainment and engineering technical services in support of the EGI/EGI-M system. Work will be performed in Clearwater, Florida, and is expected to be completed by December 31, 2035. The contract will allow foreign military sales. The award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal year 2020 procurement funds in the amount of $1,635,018 are being obligated for the first order of EGIs for the F-15 aircraft.

December 1, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Positioning, navigation and timing is critical to an array of critical infrastructure areas, including the electrical power grid, finance and transportation. The U.S. government is working to harden so-called PNT systems against jamming, spoofing and other vulnerabilities, in part by developing a resiliency framework. Credit: Shutterstock/NicoElNino

Over the next year, U.S. government officials intend to develop an initial conformance framework to ultimately improve resilience for systems that provide positioning, navigation and timing for a wide variety of users. That initial framework will focus on timing, and lessons learned will be used to develop more comprehensive versions.

July 1, 2019
 

Raytheon, El Segundo, California, has been awarded a $47,676,543 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for next generation application specific integrated circuit Preliminary Design Review (PDR). This contract provides for the design, develop and test of modernized Global Positioning System receivers that are intended for future military applications to the PDR level. Work will be performed in El Segundo, California, and is expected to be completed by December 2020. The award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2019 research and development funds in the amount of $19,300,000 are being obligated at time of award.

June 6, 2019
By Maryann Lawlor
Unlike standard GPS-enabled map apps, QuickRoute settings include options such as “Use Controlled Opposing Lanes” and “Show QuickRoute Alerts on Map.”

First responders can’t always use the same apps the general public depends on to get to their destination by the fastest route. Commercial apps may not factor in delays such as weather events, traffic accidents or the size and weight of their vehicles.

May 23, 2019
 

Raytheon Co., Fullerton, California, is awarded $8,997,334 for modification P00030 to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-16-C-0052) to design, prototype, and test a replacement Joint Precision Approach and Landing System Ship Global Positioning System Sensor Unit (SGSU). This resolves obsolescence driven by part shortages in the Digital Integrated Global Positioning System Anti-Jam Receiver, a major subassembly of the SGSU. Work will be performed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (59.4 percent); Fullerton, California (40.4 percent); and Indianapolis, Indiana (0.2 percent), and is expected to be completed in July 2021.

May 2, 2019
 

Rockwell Collins Inc., Collins Aerospace – Mission Systems, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been awarded a $43,033,042 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for Next Generation Application Specific Integrated Circuit Preliminary Design Review (PDR). This contract provides for the design, develop, and test of modernized Global Positioning System receivers that are intended for future military applications to the PDR level. Work will be performed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and is expected to be complete by April 2021.This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2019 research and development funds in the amount of $9,000,000 are being obligated at time of award.

February 27, 2019
 

Sonalysts Inc., Waterford, Connecticut, has been awarded a $17,316,322 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (P0002) to previously awarded contract FA8806-19-C-0002. This modification provides for the development of the training system supporting GPS Next Generation Operational Control System under the management of the Space Training Acquisition Office. Work will be performed in Waterford, Connecticut, and is expected to be complete by April 25, 2022. Fiscal year 2019 research and development funds in the amount of $6,000,000 are being obligated at the time of award. Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity.

October 23, 2018
 

Infinity Systems Engineering LLC, Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been awarded a $22,653,934 firm-fixed-price contract for Global Positioning Systems Engineering, Analysis & Remote Site Sustainment II. The contract provides organizational maintenance and operational support services to the operational unit that will include remote site technicians, network administrative officers and operations support. Work will be performed in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is expected to be completed by December 31, 2025. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and three offers were received. Fiscal year 2019 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $2,565,094 are being obligated at the time of award.

September 27, 2018
 

Under two separate contracts with the Air Force, Rockwell Collins will provide GPS-related technolgies.

August 7, 2018
 

Raytheon Co., El Segundo, California, has been awarded an $11,380,431 modification (P00007) to contract FA8523-16-F-0049 for miniaturized airborne global positioning system (GPS) receiver 2K-M development. This contract modification provides for the incorporation of engineering change proposal, CLGNS-2018-089, which implements trusted application specific integrated circuit requirement and military GPS user equipment program request. Work will be performed in El Segundo, California; and Huntsville, Alabama, and is expected to be completed May 31, 2020. This modification is the result of a sole-source acquisition. No funds are being obligated at the time of award. Total cumulative face value of the delivery order is $69,109,369.

August 30, 2017
By Kimberly Underwood
Soldiers at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, test the new positioning technology being developed by Echo Ridge.

The military is developing a new battlefield tool that will help ground forces navigate hostile territory without the susceptibility of GPS platforms. Instead, warfighters will use radio frequency signals as a source of positioning information. To display navigational solutions on a map, the tool connects to a smartphone running the Air Force’s Android Tactical Assault Kit.

In conjunction with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Sterling, Virginia-based Echo Ridge LLC is designing the technology to fit in a small, low-power package that can be carried by ground operators, according to Mark Smearcheck, an electronics engineer with the AFRL Sensors Directorate.

August 14, 2017
 

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Littleton, Colorado, has been awarded a $45,482,492 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification (P00450) for military code (M-Code) early use software. The contract will enable M-Code tasking, monitoring and signal in space for current and future global positioning system satellites. Work will be performed in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Colorado, and is expected to be completed by December 2019. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2017 research and development funds in the amount of $15,300,000 are being obligated at the time of award. Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity (FA8807-08-C-0010).

April 7, 2017
 

Honeywell International Inc., Clearwater, Florida, has been awarded a $30,435,442 undefinitized contract action modification (FA8540-17-F-0012) to previously awarded contract (FA8540-13-D-0002). Contractor will provide for The Embedded Global Positioning System (GPS) and Inertial Navigation System-Modernization (EGI-M) technology maturation and risk reduction technical services. Work will be performed at Clearwater, Florida, and is expected to be complete by Sept. 30, 2018. Fiscal 2016 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $2,995,741 are being obligated at the time of award.

February 13, 2017
 

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate has announced an opportunity for manufacturers of Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment used in critical infrastructure to test their products against GPS jamming and spoofing.

The GPS Testing for Critical Infrastructure (GET-CI) event, to be held April 17-21, at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Butlerville, Indiana, is the first in a series of test opportunities.

January 27, 2017
 

The Coast Guard's Command, Control and Communications Engineering Center (C3CEN) awarded a contract to FLIR Maritime U.S. Inc., of Nashua, New Hampshire, on Wednesday for the Scalable Integrated Navigation System, Two (SINS-2). The single award firm fixed price indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract is valued at $50 million and consists of a five-year base with a five-year option. The total period of performance is 10 years.

 SINS-2 is a suite of commercially available electronic equipment and sensors consisting of low-power radar/chart plotter, multifunction displays, single-frequency Global Positioning System and other required navigation components.

September 19, 2016
 

Raytheon Co., El Segundo, California, has been awarded a $44,136,550 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Global Positioning System Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Modules Lightning Strikes program. Work will be performed at El Segundo, California, and is expected to be complete by April 30, 2020. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. This contract is 100 percent foreign military sales to 57 partner nations. The Space and Missile Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity (FA8807-16-D-0002).

August 15, 2016
 

Raytheon Co., El Segundo, California, has been awarded a $52,578,245 task order for modernization of the Miniature Airborne Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver 2000 (MAGR-2K) to incorporate required Department of Defense and civil mandates to design, test and deliver a military code (M-Code)/automatic dependent surveillance–broadcast capable and to generate and deliver a formal engineering change proposal to the baseline configuration.

May 25, 2016
By George I. Seffers
Project iVe has its roots in a previous Department of Homeland Security and Berla Corporation program known as Blackthorn, which focused on gathering data from navigation devices such as Garmin, TomTom and Magellan.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security researchers are pursuing possible partnerships—both domestically and internationally—to continue developing a toolkit that provides access to the digital data stored by cars used in crimes, including terrorist acts.

June 1, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
Global geographic information systems (GIS) company Esri has made What3words available across its ArcGIS platform as a locator, offering a simplified addressing system for computers and mobile devices. What3words marks locations using three easy-to-remember words.

A tiny London-based firm has a way with words, particularly when they are arranged in groups of three. It has parsed the planet into 3-meter-by-3-meter (about 10-foot-by-10-foot) squares in a global addressing system, applying an algorithmic engine to assign three-word identifiers to each and every one of the 57 trillion squares that compose a global map.

May 18, 2016
 

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Redondo Beach, California, has been awarded a $13,501,251 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the On-Orbit Reprogrammable Digital Waveform Generator (ORDWG) program. The contractor will perform the research and development activities necessary to define and validate an ORDWG design and architecture that is capable of all current and projected navigation signals and modulations and will operate securely in a contested cyber environment. Work will be performed at Redondo Beach, California, and is expected to be completed by November 24, 2020. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with nine offers received.

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