Honeywell has announced the succesful demonstration of multiple newly developed alternate navigation technologies that it has designed for military aircraft.
Honeywell’s alternate navigation prototype systems will be available in 2022 and initial deliveries are slated to begin in 2023.
Honeywell says that it has developed the new products to help ensure seamless navigation, even when GPS signals are blocked, interrupted or unavailable.
“Most of us have experienced some level of GPS unavailability, perhaps on our mobile phones or car navigation systems. It’s a minor inconvenience for us, but for military operations, not having access to critical positioning and timing information can make or break a mission,” said Matt Picchetti, vice president and general manager, Navigation & Sensors, Honeywell Aerospace.
“We’re very excited to roll out this robust lineup of alternate navigation solutions, which are specifically designed to address the needs of our military customers and give them the added layers of redundancy needed to successfully carry out their operations, even if they lose access to GPS signals.”
Since GPS technology was developed decades ago, it is widely used today. However, access to GPS signals isn’t always guaranteed, even with the most modern systems.
GPS-jamming technology which is widely available with military operators can block vital signals from conveying critical information regarding positioning, navigation and timing during important military operations. Sometimes this is even the case with when the signals are blocked unintentionally .
Hence it is important for military vehicles and aircraft to be equipped with alternative technologies, like celestial or vision navigation, to maintain operational readiness. Alternate technologies provide a different means of measuring position, velocity and heading when GPS is disrupted.
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