BAE Systems MGUE Status, M-Code is Here
Charles A. Popeck and Shawn Ryan, BAE Systems/NSS
Date/Time: Wednesday, Aug. 25, 8:35 a.m.
Today’s military GPS users may experience Radio Frequency (RF)-challenged conditions impacting the effectiveness of Global Positioning System (GPS)-based Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) solutions. Examples of such challenges include conditions of partial signal obscuration, RF jamming (both intentional and unintentional), and potentially misleading signals known as spoofing. Published reports by C4ADS and other sources indicate this last category is pervasive in many regions of the globe.
Given these RF-challenged environments and their impact to the warfighter, BAE Systems has developed a set of technologies leading the industry in mitigating these issues. Developed in part through the Military GPS User Equipment (MGUE) program, BAE Systems common receiver building blocks support the smallest receiver form factors and lowest power solutions that exploit the robust nature of GPS M-Code signals. Our technology solutions tie directly to addressing warfighter needs, gaps and challenges.
Such solutions include BAE Systems’ Common GPS Module (CGM) - a security certified device enabling M-Code based navigation. BAE Systems incorporated this CGM into the two MGUE program of record form factors: the Ground Based GPS Receiver Applications Module M-Code (GB-GRAM-M) and GPS Receiver Applications Module SEM-E / M-Code (GRAM-S/M). This presentation provides a status update of our MGUE development and test activities.
Taking the best technologies from the MGUE program of record and applying these elements to additional receivers with expanded capabilities supporting Department of Defense needs, we are leveraging what we know from our 44+ years as a market leader in GPS User Equipment design, development, test and manufacturing. M-Code is here; our first example of these additional receivers is our Miniature PLGR Engine - M-Code (MPE-M). BAE Systems’ Navigation and Sensor Systems is delivering Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) MPE-M units to integrators and warfighters today providing a small, low power solution supporting Y-Code, M-Code and C/A-Code (YMCA) operation. Further production orders are being received for production MPE-M deliveries, including the first M-Code FMS customer. We provide a status update for these efforts, identifying how our receivers provide trusted GPS-based solutions to every warfighter segment, including airborne, ground and weapons applications.
Objectives: The objective of this presentation is to update the attendees on the status of BAE Systems receiver development, test, and integration efforts.
Anticipated Results: Attendees will understand that M-Code is available today and will reinvigorate their efforts to begin integration, test, qualification, and fielding of M-Code devices.