Military Embedded Systems

Harris tactical radios to use MicroGRAM GPS from Rockwell Collins


March 19, 2015

John McHale

Editorial Director

Military Embedded Systems

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa. MicroGRAM GPS receivers from Rockwell Collins will now be used for Harris Corporation’s tactical radios, including the Falcon III AN/PRC-158 and AN/PRC-117G.

Integrating the MicroGRAM receiver into a number of new Harris tactical radios enables the company to reduce the size and weight while extending the battery life of the products, says George Helm, Harris RF Communications president for the company's Department of Defense business. “The end result is delivering reliable situational awareness down to the individual warfighter.”

Under the contract, Rockwell Collins will provide 5,000 of the MicroGRAM GPS receivers to Harris over the next three years. Deliveries began in January. Company officials say this award is the largest annual purchase of MicroGRAM to date.

MicroGRAM protects warfighters from battlefield jamming and spoofing threats and it enables military micro-users who want and require secure Position, Navigation & Timing (PNT) to meet U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) policy that all combat and combat support systems use Selective Availability/Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM)-based GPS devices. This capability has become more critical as threats to commercial GPS are increasing. The use of unprotected commercial non-SAASM GPS devices comes with inherent vulnerabilities that introduce a false sense of situational awareness on the battlefield, Rockwell Collins officials say.


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