Collins Aerospace has received US Air Force certification for its military code (M-Code) Common GPS Module (CGM), the company announced on 22 May.
Security certification validates compliance to the stringent Military GPS User Equipment (MGUE) hardware and software security design specification. The US Department of Defense (DoD) can now significantly expand MGUE receiver integration and testing locations supporting the operational deployment of M-Code.
“This is a significant milestone, enabling Collins Aerospace to put the next generation of reliable, secure and assured GPS navigation in the hands of our warfighters to help them combat today’s modern threats,” commented Vice President and General Manager, Communication, Navigation and Electronic Warfare Systems for Collins Aerospace, Troy Bunk.
Close to 800 Collins Aerospace M-Code receivers have been provided to weapons, surface and airborne platform integrators for the MGUE programme to date. Independent testing confirms the receivers provide best-in-class anti-jamming capabilities within the lowest power solution available. In addition, the ground-based receiver uses the smaller Type II form factor, making it ideal for lightweight, dismounted GPS receiver applications.
The security certification achieved serves as the foundation for over ten M-Code products that are currently in prototype or full development status for ground, weapons and airborne mission applications. The same security-certified CGM, re-used on all of these products, will help expedite the integration of M-Code into more platforms in the future. The certification also allows the company’s CGM-based M-Code receivers to be eligible for export to US allies through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme.