Report: Army Seeks Non-GPS PNT Tech for Ground Vehicles

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The U.S. Army is looking for new technologies that can help ground vehicles relay coordinates in any weather and terrain without the need for a global positioning system link, C4ISRNET reported Tuesday.

The service branch released a request for information in December to collect public input on available non-GPS systems that can offer positioning, navigation and timing capacities for Army ground vehicles.

The Army Rapid Capabilities Office and the Special Operations Command look to conduct a demonstration of the emerging industry-built PNT systems that can help meet requirements for the service branch’s ground vehicles in March.

“For industry, this is one of our opportunities to allow them to demonstrate their wares and then allow it to potentially lead to additional demonstration of prototyping and, ultimately … may lead to some limited production opportunities,” said Doug Wiltsie, director of the Rapid Capabilities Office.

“The technologies will be used to go over long distances, multiple environments … so that we can get an understanding of their capabilities and their limitations.”

The service branch will evaluate the technologies’ capacities under various weather conditions during an exhibition at Camp Atterbury-Muscatatuck Center for Complex Operations in Indiana.

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