Only Mounted APNT Solution Facilitating Mobile Operations
GPS Source, a General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) company, announced on 11 May it has received an order for the 1,000th Mounted Assured Positioning, Navigation and Timing (APNT) system (MAPS), Generation I (MAPS GEN I) from the US Army. The company has provided GPS distribution and validation equipment to the US military since 2000.
MAPS GEN I is a mobile, modular system that monitors GPS signals for validity and sends the validated data to military devices, even when GPS signals are degraded or denied. This system has been in rapid development, production, and fielding since recognition of the critical need to protect GPS signals against peer and near-peer EW attacks. It is the only mounted assured PNT solution allowing troops to conduct mobile operations in a GPS-contested environment.
The US Army fielded the MAPS GEN I system in late 2019, making it the first APNT solution to market. The service initially deployed 62 systems to Germany and, following successful installation and performance, ordered over 930 additional systems to be installed in ground vehicles in 2021.
“The MAPS GEN I that is being fielded today closes a critical capability gap for the US Army in major areas of responsibility around the world,” explained Aaron Mebust, VP and Director for PNT Products at GDMS.