Collins Aerospace’s new GPS receiver – the only M-Code capable Type II form factor ground receiver currently available, according to the company – is ready for production deliveries next year, Collins announced on 8 July.
The Miniature PLGR Engine - M-Code (MPE-M) GPS receiver provides ten-times stronger anti-jamming capabilities for the direct acquisition of GPS signals, compared with its predecessor. The MPE-M is capable of receiving the current military Y-Code GPS signal as well as the newer Military Code (M-Code). For all GPS signals, the MPE-M provides the armed forces with improved security, assured positioning and compatibility with the US government’s requirement for all military GPS equipment to be M-Code capable. It will thus help operators make the switch to M-Code capabilities.
“The MPE-M is ideal for lightweight, ground-based applications such as radios, blue force trackers, targeting devices, vehicle LRU’s and small unmanned aircraft,” explained Collins Aerospace Vice President and General Manager, Communication, Navigation and Electronic Warfare Systems, Troy Brunk. “The implementation of M-code will provide our warfighters with increased mission effectiveness and safety due to the improved reliability of the signal.”
Collins Aerospace is currently the only military GPS receiver provider that manufactures its products in-house, assuring control over quality and delivery schedules. The MPE-M’s security certification also makes the receiver eligible for export to US allies through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme.