Rockwell Collins’ new remote secure receiver turns consumer devices into secure communications systems for the military
Lives are endangered and missions can be compromised when a soldier’s GPS is not secure. Rockwell Collins, a world leader in GPS technology for over 35 years, has developed and is delivering the Remote Secure Receiver (RSR) to meet this challenge, the Cedar Rapids, IA-based company announced February 9.
The increasing use of jamming and spoofing devices, along with the advent of soldiers using a combination of commercial smart phones, tablets and military off-the-shelf devices has driven a need for technology that secures these devices.
Rockwell Collins’ new RSR, which was recently ordered by the Battlefield Airmen Office of the Air Force Special Operations Command, is the first of its kind and features the world’s smallest, lowest power, protected, secure and trusted military Selected Availability Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM) GPS solution.
The RSR’s plug and play capability can be tailored to meet individual soldier configurations. A single RSR is capable of providing unhindered use of secure military GPS to multiple systems on the soldier platform, which offers warfighters maximum flexibility while eliminating the need for a unique military GPS receiver for each system.
“RSR takes the mental and physical burden off the soldiers by providing them with worry-free confidence that they can execute all of their operations without being spoofed or jammed,” said Mike Jones, vice president and general manager of Communication and Navigation Products for Rockwell Collins.
Jones added that the RSR is ideal for the dismounted soldier and has received very positive feedback from military personnel in the field.
“The need for trusted position, navigation and timing (PNT) is vital. In fact, the GPS jamming and spoofing threat is growing,” he said. “The impacts of unassured PNT can be deadly. When navigating without a secure military GPS device, in a jamming or spoofed environment, a soldier’s position can be greater than 500 meters off in just five minutes. These deficiencies can seriously limit the ability of soldiers to successfully conduct operations.”
The RSR offers the warfirghter assured PNT information, enabling increased situational awareness, and the ability to support highly effective fires missions that reduce fratricide and collateral damage.
Source: Rockwell Collins