Raytheon Technologies’ (NYSE: RTX) Collins Aerospace business has received a contract to mature and integrate a positioning, navigation and timing system intended for the U.S. Army’s ground vehicles operating in GPS-denied areas, C4ISRnet reported Wednesday.
The other transaction authority award, which has an undisclosed amount, covers Phase III activities for the Army's Mounted Assured Position Navigation and Timing System initiative.
Contract work includes maturation and integration of the latest MAPS configuration with the Army’s combat platforms ahead of low-rate initial production.
MAPS works to collate PNT data from disparate sources and serve as a potential navigation alternative to GPS, according to the publication.
Willie Nelson, director of the Army's assured PNT cross-functional team, told C4ISRnet that the contract with Collins Aerospace comes less than a year after the service branch fielded the first MAPS generation to European units.
In 2019, Collins Aerospace secured an agreement with the Army to supply MAPS Gen II.
The service expects to incorporate MAPS into its future plug-and-play chassis called the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance/Electronic Warfare Modular Open Suite of Standards.