Operating weapon systems in a harsh dynamic environment requires rapid start-up and high accuracy to hit the designated target and dramatically reduce the probability of collateral damages. These key elements translate to effective mission completion.
With that in mind, Rockwell Collins is bringing its NavFireTM Precision Positioning Service (PPS) GPS to Leonardo-Finmeccanica's VULCANO family for naval and artillery applications.
"We have customized the NavFire receivers for the particular caliber of the ammunition, and provided full support to the customer during and after the firing trials," said Claude Alber, vice president and managing director, Europe, Middle East and Africa for Rockwell Collins. "In the end, our product perfectly matched the demanding performance requirements of our customer."
Derived from the field-proven 12-channel NavFire Precise Positioning Service GPS receiver, Rockwell Collins' NavStrike military GPS offers high performance GPS for tightly coupled Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation System (GPS/INS) integrations.
The NavFire GPS includes the Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM) to allow decryption of precision GPS observations through over-the-air rekeying. The positioning information is used by the guidance system of the projectile.
Nearly 30 years ago, Rockwell Collins assisted the U.S. Air Force in developing GPS technology and that legacy continued when the company created the world's first all-digital miniature GPS receiver under contract with DARPA. Over the years, Rockwell Collins has produced more than 50 GPS products and delivered more than 1 million GPS receivers for commercial avionics and government applications. This recent GPS contract continues this legacy to create leading edge military navigation solutions.