Collins Aerospace awarded MAPS Phase III contract

By Jaspreet Gill / October 7, 2020 at 12:57 PM

Collins Aerospace has won an award through an other transaction authority for phase three of the Army's second generation of the Mounted Assured Positioning, Navigation and Timing System, the service announced today.

The OTA for phase three of MAPS GEN II, an anti-jamming capability for soldiers in GPS-contested environments, focuses on product maturation and "begins combat platform integration in preparation for low-rate initial production," according to an Oct. 7 Army press release.

GEN II includes anti-jamming antennas, sensor fusion, inertial measurement units and Military-Code that fuses with multiple sensors to deliver assured PNT to soldiers.

“This is a big win for the Army and proof that [Army Futures Command’s] mission to accelerate the development and fielding of modernized soldier capabilities is working,” Willie Nelson, director of the APNT CFT, said in a statement. “Less than a year after we equipped the first generation of MAPS in Europe we’re already pushing forward with the development of GEN II. This award comes less than a month after our Mounted APNT requirement was approved. The timing could not be better.”

MAPS GEN I was fielded last fall to the 2nd Cavalry Regiment in Europe and included A and B kits, consisting of cable and mounts to use on a vehicle and a military GPS paired with non-radio frequency technologies.