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Honeywell unveils new navigation systems for challenged and denied environments

The company has launched two new resilient navigation systems that can operate in challenged or denied environments, reducing reliance on the Global Navigation Satellite Systems.

The company has launched two new resilient navigation systems that can operate in challenged or denied environments, reducing reliance on the Global Navigation Satellite Systems.

Honeywell this week launched two new navigation systems, the Honeywell Compact Inertial Navigation System and the Honeywell Radar Velocity System, which can operate even in Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) challenged or denied environments.

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While the GNSS is typically used to direct a majority of air, land and sea navigation, the new resilient navigation systems rely on GNSS anti-jamming, intertial navigation and alternative navigation systems to be deployable even in denied environments.

Honeywell explained that such capabilities are essential for the war fighter, as traditional GNSS-reliant systems remain vulnerable to both intentional and unintentional jamming and spoofing.

“The industry is demanding a rapid solution to address issues like jamming and spoofing that cause disruptions,” Matt Picchetti, vice president of navigation and sensors at Honeywell Aerospace, said.

“We are confident that with the launch of our new industry-leading navigation systems, our commercial and military customers will finally have access to a system that allows continued operations even in GNSS disrupted or denied environments.”

According to the company, the Compact Inertial Navigation System is roughly the size of a deck of cards and relies on inertial sensors to provide accurate position information and data. Such capabilities are especially useful in locations in which GNSS availability cannot be guaranteed.

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Meanwhile, the Honeywell Radar Velocity System is a radar-based navigation aiding system, enabling the operator to still navigate despite GNSS outages.

The company expects that such capabilities will greater enable the capabilities of small and medium unmanned vehicles, especially ones undertaking beyond visual line of sight missions.

The capabilities are able to integrate with the GPSdome by infiniDome, which provides protection against GNSS jamming attacks with Honeywell having entered into an agreement with infiniDome in August for the development of GPS signal protection systems.

[Related: Honeywell, InfiniDome to develop GPS signal protector]

Honeywell unveils new navigation systems for challenged and denied environments
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