Military operations require assured position, navigation and time (PNT). Users need access to accurate and reliable PNT while potentially denying it to others, to trust PNT and to know how to deal with adversarial disruption or deception. While multi-sensor PNT is robust, the most accurate worldwide PNT is still from GPS and other Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). GNSS signals however are susceptible to unintentional interference or jamming, and can encounter low power issues.
NovAtel delivers assured PNT through three aspects of navigation warfare (NAVWAR): Electronic protection – ensuring access to PNT and its reliability; electronic support – finding jammers and enabling situational awareness; and electronic attack – training for jamming.
NovAtel offers a number of protection techniques; as the number of techniques used increases so does the level of protection. NovAtel’s OEM7 receivers have 555 channels and can use all available and planned GNSS signals for robust and reliable PNT. Globally available corrections from its TerraStar service or local Real-Time Kinematics (RTK) offer centimetre-level or better accuracy. GPS Anti-Jam Technology (GAJT) is a retrofittable antenna system that nulls jamming signals to ensure satellite signals required will be available. To benefit from protection by encrypted military signals while still getting NovAtel precision, the OEM625S receiver carries a Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM).
NovAtel’s technology provides electronic support to assist in detecting, locating and characterizing jammers for situational awareness or cueing countermeasures. OEM7 receivers carry NovAtel’s unique Interference Toolkit (ITK) to selectively mitigate interference and geo-locate jammers.
Incidents of electronic attack are on the rise with adversary forces looking to disrupt allied PNT systems. NovAtel has a license to manufacture and supply the NAVWAR Electronic Attack Trainer (NEAT), which wasinitially developed by Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC). NEAT is a handheld, easy to use device that operates using minimal power, so its effect can be kept to a specific area for training purposes.
For 25 years, NovAtel has been the leader in high precision, robust PNT for defence in Canada, the U.S. and other allies. NovAtel is “Buy American” compliant, the only non-U.S. company accredited to sell SAASM-based products to the U.S. Located in Calgary, Alberta, NovAtel’s 350 employees strive to create the best assured PNT solutions through innovation, reliability and the ability to react on time and in volume. The company helps the world’s leading companies achieve their goals.