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(Calgary, Alberta, Canada, June 1st, 2011) - NovAtel Inc. (NovAtel) in collaboration with QinetiQ Ltd. (QinetiQ) has developed GAJT (pronounced “Gadget”), the world's first single-enclosure GPS anti-jam system small enough for light armored and other land-based military vehicles. GAJT combines NovAtel's and QinetiQ's outstanding technologies in a stand-alone, rugged enclosure that mounts to the exterior of vehicles.
Intentional jamming of GPS can completely deny a position solution to users over a broad area. GAJT is a seven element controlled reception pattern antenna (CRPA) that nulls jammers, ensuring GPS positioning capabilities are retained during combat, training or other vehicle-based missions. Michael Rittter, President and CEO of NovAtel stated, “GAJT is the first GPS anti-jam system that is small enough, and at a price point that makes sense to use on land-based military vehicles such as LAVs (light armored vehicles).” Mr. Ritter added, “We are extremely pleased to have developed a game-changing product that will protect the positioning and blue force tracking of troops on the ground, and potentially save the lives of personnel who encounter jammers while in theater.”
As an externally mounted single-unit enclosure, no additional electronics are necessary inside the vehicle; only power and a single RF cable are required to connect to legacy GPS receivers. The simplicity of its design results in faster installation, minimal vehicle downtime and training, and makes the antenna easier to integrate into new platforms, or retrofit onto existing platforms or fleets.
GAJT is a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) product, providing short order lead times and enabling quick deployment to the field. Manufactured in Canada, and incorporating Canadian and UK technology, GAJT only requires Canadian and UK export approval, which means exporting to authorized customers in foreign countries is greatly simplified.
Cathy Kane, Director of QinetiQ's Technology Insertion business said, "We are delighted to be partnering with NovAtel to bring this much-needed and exciting force protection product to market. I have been particularly impressed at the way the people from NovAtel and QinetiQ have brought their different skills together to form an effective team.”
NovAtel will accept orders for GAJT from authorized customers in Q3 2011.
Additional information on GAJT can be found at novatel.com/GAJT.
NovAtel Inc. is a leading original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of precision Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) components and subsystems, including receivers, antennas, enclosures and firmware. An ISO certified company, NovAtel's products are developed for efficient, rapid integration into our customers' precise positioning applications. These applications include surveying, Geographical Information System (GIS) mapping, precision agriculture machine guidance, port automation, mining, marine and defense industries. NovAtel's reference receivers are at the core of national aviation ground networks in the USA, Japan, Europe, China and India. The Company maintains its leadership position through significant R&D investment focusing on the modernized Global Positioning System (GPS), the revitalized Russian GLONASS and the emerging European Galileo satellite systems, as well as the integration of additional complementary technologies such as Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs). NovAtel Inc. is based in Calgary, Canada and is part of the Hexagon Group, Sweden.
QinetiQ Ltd. is a leading international provider of technology-based services and solutions to the defence, security and related markets. QinetiQ develops and delivers services and solutions for government organizations, predominately in the UK and U.S., including defence departments, intelligence services and security agencies. In addition, QinetiQ provides technology insertion and consultancy services to commercial and industrial customers around the world.
Posted on 01/06/2011