Canada: NovAtel has announced that the Canadian Army has successfully tested NovAtel’s GPS Anti-Jam Technology (GAJT) in live-firing conditions on the M777C1 Howitzer.
The trial was conducted at Canadian Forces Base Shilo in Manitoba under the auspices of the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) of Public Services and Procurement Canada (formerly referred to as Public Works and Government Services Canada).
The BCIP helps companies to bridge the pre-commercialization gap by procuring and testing late stage innovative goods and services within the federal government before taking them to market.
GAJT was trialed on the M777C1 Howitzer to demonstrate its robustness under the most demanding conditions. GAJT protects GPS-based navigation and precise timing receivers from intentional jamming and accidental interference.
It is a null-forming antenna system which ensures satellite signals necessary to compute position and time are always available. It is a Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) product, and comes in versions suitable for land, sea, fixed installations and smaller platforms such as UAVs. Military vehicles and platforms, networks and timing infrastructure also benefit from the protection that GAJT provides.
There is no need to replace GPS receivers already installed, as GAJT works with civil and military receivers, and is ready for M-Code. NovAtel’s lean manufacturing techniques and quality processes mean that that the company can ramp up quickly to meet volume requirements. Reliability is assured by NovAtel’s industry-best low return rate.
The M777C1 lightweight 155-mm towed Howitzer provides close fire support without sacrificing range, stability, accuracy or durability. It is equipped with a highly advanced Digital Gun Management System which enables the crew to engage targets in a very precise manner, particularly when employing precision-guided munitions that use location data from GPS satellites.
Captain Thomas Booth, CD RCCS, the GAJT Trial Director said “I am proud to support Canadian companies via the Build in Canada Innovation Program, as administered by Public Services and Procurement Canada.
Through our independent testing, we saw that NovAtel’s GAJT-AE-N continued to work under the most demanding circumstances, indicating it could potentially be employed to preserve a combat force’s freedom of action in a hostile and unforgiving environment.”
“NovAtel is most grateful to Public Services and Procurement Canada and the Canadian Army for making this trial happen and for their wholehearted and efficient support,” Peter Soar, Business Development Manager, Military and Defence of NovAtel said, adding, “This work shows that GAJT is ready to protect military platforms in harsh operating circumstances and to provide assurance that GPS signals will be available.”