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Direct Reporting Program Manager Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Receives Milestone Decision Approval for Assured PNT Pseudolite Subprogram

Contact: William Pettus, Direct Reporting PM PNT: 443.861.2216

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (July 14, 2015) – The Pseudolite subprogram, a critical future enabler for the Army’s protected communications systems, has received approval to enter the next stage of development.

On May 15, 2015, Direct Reporting Program Manager Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PM PNT) presented the Assured PNT (A-PNT) Pseudolite subprogram Milestone A (MS A) Decision Brief to the Milestone Decision Authority (MDA), Program Executive Office, Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors (PEO IEW&S). PM PNT received approval of the MS A Decision and an Acquisition Decision Memorandum (ADM) was signed by the MDA on May 20, 2015 approving the entrance into the Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction phase as an ACAT II program.

The A-PNT is a family of solutions that includes four subprograms. The A-PNT subprograms have been designed to complement each other, remaining separate so individual subprograms can be fielded when they are ready based upon their ability to progress through the acquisition phases. The A-PNT program focuses on platform distribution of PNT, scalable PNT architectures that outpace the threat, and the ability to upgrade to future technologies, including M-Code, at a much lower cost than the current architecture of Global Positioning System (GPS) user equipment. M-Code further improves the anti-jamming and secure access of Military GPS signals.

The Pseudolite subprogram is the first A-PNT subprogram executed. Pseudolites provide a high power signal that can be used by Military GPS receivers to support navigation in electronically- or physically-challenged environments. Area protection can be provided through the deployment of Pseudolite transmitters to a Brigade Combat Team (BCT) area of operations. The Pseudolite subprogram enables continued operations of PNT-enabled systems, such as Blue Force Tracking, Communications Networks, and Precision Guided Munitions (PGM). The PNT Pseudolite subprogram will consist of three components: Transmitter, Receiver, and Command and Control (C2).