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NEWS | Aug. 1, 2017

New Technology Shows Promise for Ground OPS to Sidestep GPS Jamming Threats


Echo Ridge

  • LOCATION: Sterling, Virginia
  • TOPIC NUMBER: AF153-002
  • TOPIC TITLE: Handheld Dismount Kit for Persistent, Precision Navigation in GPS-challenged Environments for Military Operations
  • TECHNICAL PROJECT OFFICE: AFRL Center for Rapid Innovation and AFRL Sensors Directorate, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

Ground forces may soon be getting a new tool to find their way around hostile territory.

With support from the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Program, Virginia-based Echo Ridge LLC is developing a process to overcome GPS-contested environments by using radio frequency signals as a source of positioning information. The solution is designed to fit in a small package that can be carried by ground operators.

GPS has revolutionized warfighting by providing a ubiquitous, all-weather, absolute positioning, navigation, and timing capability that is unrivaled. However, many Department of Defense platforms have become overly dependent on GPS, making the signal a prime target for the enemy.

Under a special type of SBIR/STTR contract – known as a Direct-to-Phase II award, offered by the Air Force Research Laboratory Center for Rapid Innovation – Echo Ridge is working with the AFRL Sensors Directorate to solve this pressing issue.


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