[Avionics Today July 9, 2014] During the recent semi-annual NAVFEST military exercise at White Sands Missile Range, the U.S. Air Force demonstrated advanced anti-jamming and security capabilities of a new military code GPS signal.
The design of Raytheon's MAGR 2000-S24 allows M-code avionics upgrades without the replacement of the aircraft's entire GPS receiver. Photo, courtesy of PRNewsFoto/Ratheon.
The test featured Raytheon's Miniaturized Airborne GPS Receiver 2000 (MAGR2K), which was able to maintain GPS satellite tracking and navigation at jamming levels were "far exceeding" of technical requirements, Raytheon said. MAGR2K was tested in an avionics GPS receiver for the demonstration.
"This is the first time an M-code receiver card has been successfully tested in an avionics GPS receiver," said Sharon Black, director of Raytheon's GPS & Navigation Systems organization. "These results provide the Air Force with a clear path forward for fielding M-code capable GPS receivers."
Black said the MAGR2K design is "backward and forward compatible," and gives the U.S. Air Force the ability to deploy M-code upgrades for existing military aircraft without replacing the entire GPS receiver.