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

Raytheon Awarded $16 Million for Military Global Positioning System User Equipment (MGUE) Contract

Raytheon Co., El Segundo, California, has been awarded a $16,743,449 modification for the Military Global Positioning System User Equipment (MGUE) Increment 2 Miniature Serial Interface (MSI) contract. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $176,441,061. The modification incorporates MSI Engineering Change Proposal-1 into the baseline. Work will be performed in El Segundo, California, is expected to be completed by March 14, 2025, and is funded by fiscal 2021 3620 Space Force research, development, test and evaluation funds. No funds were obligated at the time of award. The U.S. Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity.

The United States Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center awarded the Military Global Positioning System User Equipment (MGUE) Increment (Inc) 2 Miniature Serial Interface (MSI) with Next-Generation Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) to BAE Navigation & Sensor System, L3Harris and Raytheon Technologies. MGUE Inc 2 enables military GPS user equipment to receive allied GNSS positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) signals to increase both the resilience and capability of military PNT equipment, and deter attacks on GPS. These signals will supplement GPS-based PNT in accordance with Department of Defense policies regarding usage of allied GNSS signals, ensuring identification and mitigation of cyber risks, and compatibility with existing PNT equipment.

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Enhanced processing and security features associated with M-code drove the decision to develop a smaller and more powerful receiver card for handheld and dismounted applications, the U.S. Space Force said. The MSI with Next-Generation ASIC will enable Military-Code GPS receiver production, mitigating the obsolescence issue of current ASICs and providing significant security and performance improvements for GPS-enabled weapons systems. MGUE Inc 2 will be compatible with all existing and future spacecraft and ground systems. The MGUE program continues to experience delays integrating the new technology into the lead platforms and in developing final software and hardware builds by MGUE vendors.

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