Rockwell Collins awarded contract to continue GPS cost savings program

The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy’s Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III Program Office has awarded Rockwell Collins a $3.2 million Technology Investment Agreement to continue the next phase of a joint investment agreement for the Low Cost Military GPS program.

Previous phases of the program aided Rockwell Collins in developing the next generation military GPS SAASM (Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module). This device, which allows decryption of precision GPS coordinates, is the smallest, lightest weight and lowest power-consuming SAASM device available today. It enables the creation of GPS receivers that provide significant size, weight and power reduction for military systems in use around the world. Among these military GPS receivers is the Rockwell Collins MicroGRAM, a stamp-sized GPS receiver used for micro-embedded applications such as handheld tactical radios, soldier systems and micro unmanned air vehicles. Other applications include the Rockwell Collins NavFireTM, the smallest, lowest power, G-hardened military GPS receiver for artillery and the Rockwell Collins MicroDAGR, the smallest, lowest power secure handheld GPS receiver in the world.

“Rockwell Collins has been a leader in the development of GPS receiver technology for nearly 30 years having produced more than 50 GPS products and delivered more than 1 million receivers for commercial avionics and government applications,” said Bob Haag, vice president and general manager of Communication and Navigation Products for Rockwell Collins. “The DPA Title III Program has supported us in making smaller, lower cost GPS receiver technology available for a broad range of important Department of Defense programs.”

The DPA Title III Program directly supports the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) Better Buying Power Initiative to deliver better value to the taxpayer and warfighter by improving the way the DoD does business. In particular, the “low-cost GPS program” successfully reduced the size, weight, power and cost of GPS devices, embracing the objectives of the DoD’s Better Buying Power efforts. To date, the program has saved the government an estimated $100 million and it is estimated that the DoD will realize more than $300 million in additional cost savings and cost avoidance over the next five years.

Source: Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL)
Date: Feb 27, 2013