NATO Team Employing Cooperative Navigation Technologies and Techniques in GNSS Denied Environments
Luke Rinard, T2S Solutions; Yoonkee Kim, C5ISR Center; Mikel Miller, IS4S
Date/Time: Tuesday, Aug. 24, 1:50 p.m.
US forces must be able to execute joint missions with our international allies, which requires interoperability of systems as well as personnel. Currently, many systems used by allies are incompatible with US systems. The U.S. Army is working this issue with several NATO partners through a NATO Research Technology Group (RTG) sponsored by NATO’s Science and Technology Organization’s (STO) Sensors and Electronics Technology (SET) Panel. The RTG effort, referred to as SET-229, was focused on Cooperative Navigation in GNSS Degraded and Denied Environments. Seven countries participated in this 4-year effort to explore multiple Cooperative Navigation solutions and techniques that would enable an interoperating team to maintain accurate and reliable navigation (i.e. position, velocity, and orientation) in a GNSS degraded/denied environment. Each participating nation developed their own sensor suite and navigation algorithms for both mounted and dismounted applications. Each nation’s platform communicated and/or cooperated with PNT systems developed by other nations. The group also explored potential communication standards to enable cooperative navigation between systems. Cooperative navigation technologies, equipment and techniques were demonstrated in a “Search and Rescue” scenario conducted in Whales, UK in August 2019. The demonstration was conducted in a GNSS denied environment. This presentation will describe the very successful ‘Search and Rescue’ demonstration and highlight the results from each country’s PNT technology and techniques. Example results include both precision real-time outdoor and indoor mapping; precision indoor/outdoor personnel tracking; and precision friend/foe tracking using software defined radars.
Planned follow-on activities include a technical workshop/symposium and a lecture series on these topics.