Satellite-based navigation and timing plays an intrinsic role in modern communications, intelligence collection and electronic warfare systems. Yet, surprisingly, the deployment of measures that can protect these assets against incidents of attack such as jamming is not carried out. This leaves these critical systems vulnerable and exposed to attack by even low-power jammers, leading to disruption and potentially dangerous situations.
To tackle this problem, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Honeywell, have signed a Teaming Agreement for the introduction of a jointly developed, turnkey GPS Anti-Jam navigation system which integrates IAI’s GPS Anti-Jam system with Honeywell’s navigation products as a subsystem or as an embedded solution. Once developed, IAI’s ADA, an advanced system that provides protection for avionics systems from GPS jamming, will be embedded into Honeywell’s Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation System (EGI).
Joseph Weiss, IAI’s president and CEO, commented on the collaboration, saying: “We’re excited to work with Honeywell, a leading company in navigation systems and avionics. This collaboration brings together the operational experience as well as the manufacturing and technology excellence of two leading companies. Based on the everyday experience, gathered by working tightly with warfighters worldwide, the joint product will provide the end users with the required features to optimize the operational capabilities of their assets. The agreement strengthens the relations between the two companies, which see the flourishing market and the potential of the growing business.”
“With an increasing range of GPS-based military devices and systems comes the subsequent need for enhanced protection and multiple redundancies to prevent proliferating jamming threats,” said Carl Esposito, President, Electronic Solutions, Honeywell Aerospace. “Honeywell’s deep expertise in navigation technology, in conjunction with IAI’s ability to tackle unique security challenges with cutting-edge solutions, enables us to keep our customers’ critical navigation systems protected and operational – even in remote locations or harsh environments.”
As a result of contracts signed over the past year, the GPS Anti-Jam Navigation System has been sold to a number of customers and is already operational.