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Germany Orders M-Code Capable Military GPS User Equipment (MGUE)


Germany Orders M-Code Capable Military GPS User Equipment (MGUE)

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Germany has ordered jam-resistant Global Positioning System receivers from the United States military, becoming the first buyer of the advanced GPS user equipment under the Foreign Military Sales program, the U.S. Space and Missile Systems Center announced Nov. 23. Foreign Military Sales is the U.S. government’s program for transferring defense articles, services, and training to international partners. The U.S. Space and Missile Systems Center said Germany on Sept. 30 ordered an undisclosed quantity of Military Code (M-Code) capable military GPS user equipment.

The secretary of the U.S. Air Force and the office of the secretary of defense approved the sale of M-Code user equipment to 58 nations. Germany is expected to get delivery of the equipment in 2021. M-Code is an upgrade to GPS signals that provides enhanced secure positioning, navigation and timing, anti-jam and anti-spoofing. SMC said the sale of this equipment to allies helps to “improve interoperability with our defense partners’ equipment.”

SMC is facilitating international access and availability of M-Code user equipment as directed by the Secretary of the Air Force and the Office of the Secretary of Defense to 58 authorized nations. Germany is expected to receive delivery of its first M-Code receiver in 2021. Additional foreign military sales of MGUE are being worked. Under a multilateral agreement, MGUE ground-based receivers are on schedule to be loaned to approved partners for early integration and test in national weapons systems.

M-Code receivers have been in development for nearly a decade under a $1.4 billion program called Military Global Positioning System User Equipment. GPS user equipment includes receivers, antennas and other electronics that are grouped together in sets to derive navigation and time information transmitted from GPS satellites. Raytheon, L3Harris and BAE Systems (which acquired Rockwell Collins’ military GPS business) have been under contract since 2012 to produce M-Code receivers. Currently 22 of the 31 GPS satellites in operation broadcast the M-Code signal.

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