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15 Sep 2022

Raytheon unit wins $583 million contract for US Army navigation

Collins Aerospace, a subsidiary of Raytheon, won a contract worth as much as $583 million to produce the latest version of a technology that provides soldiers critical situational awareness and context on the battlefield.

The U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors announced the Mounted Assured Positioning, Navigation and Timing Systems award on Sept. 8, describing it as “recently” made.

MAPS GEN II ensures troops understand where they are and where they are headed, even in environments where GPS signal is jammed and other systems are being harassed. The technology will be mounted into a variety of armored platforms, including Abrams tanks, Paladin artillery and Bradley Fighting Vehicles, as well as lighter options, such as Strykers and Humvees.

The second iteration is a step up from its predecessor, GEN I, which has been deployed in Europe. The Army outfitted Strykers belonging to the 2nd Cavalry Regiment in Germany with MAPS GEN I in 2019, C4ISRNET previously reported.

“MAPS ensures access to modernized military GPS and fuses additional sources of PNT to include timing and alternate navigation technologies,” Lt. Col. Andrew Johnston, a product manager at PEO IEW&S, said in a statement Thursday. “Assured PNT is a critical enabling capability to multi-domain operations and Army 2030, setting conditions for soldiers to fight and win.”


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