Rockwell Collins to Deliver DAGR GPS Receivers to US Air Force
Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, IA received a $20.2 million contract modification to provide 81,622 DAGR hand-held GPS receivers and accessories to the US Air Force GPS Wing (GPSW/PK) in El Segundo, CA.
This contract modification is part of a $450 million DAGR follow-on contract (FA8807-09-C-0002) announced March 18/09 by Rockwell Collins. The company received its first order from the USAF under the contract that same month: 53,920 DAGR receivers and accessories for $87.5 million.
The DAGR is a handheld GPS receiver that provides position, navigation and situational awareness for US troops.
The receiver provides precise timing to synchronize tactical radios, missile platforms and other situational awareness navigation systems and includes a Graphical User Interface (GUI) that provides ease of use.
The DAGR design incorporates anti-jam improvements and denied GPS capabilities for worldwide enhanced battlefield protection. It is the first US handheld GPS receiver program to include the Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM) security device. The Rockwell Collins SAASM includes:
- NightHawk 12-channel GPS signal processor
- Navigation using up to 12 GPS satellites
- Advanced correlator engine for accelerated Direct-Y code and C/A code acquisitions
- Security architecture using a Key Data Processor (KDP-II)
- Unclassified-when-keyed operation and updated security features
The DAGR’s dual frequency RF front end allows continuous track of both the L1/L2 GPS satellite frequencies. A precision time source runs continuously to allow rapid acquisition of the GPS satellites when the receiver is turned on.