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Army looks for alternatives to GPS as enemies threaten to jam signals

14 Oct 2019, 22:42 UTC
Army looks for alternatives to GPS as enemies threaten to jam signals
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army has to become less dependent on GPS-enabled devices as adversaries field increasingly more advanced electronic jammers , a senior Army official said Oct. 14.
“What we are trying to do is develop alternative ways to get PNT [positioning, navigation and timing] other than GPS,” Gen. John Murray, commander of Army Futures Command, told reporters at the Association of the U.S. Army annual conference.
“We have to have multiple ways of getting PNT in the future battlefield because of the threat of jamming,” said Murray.
The Army Futures Command, based in Austin, Texas, is a new organization created to provide long-term guidance to the Army on how to modernize and prepare for future wars.
Murray cautioned that the Army is not walking away from GPS and will continue to support U.S. Air Force efforts to develop a new generation of GPS satellites that emit stronger signals. But he said the Army intends to invest in technologies to reduce its reliance on GPS, and will train troops in electronic warfare tactics.
The immediate priority is to deploy anti-jam systems to Army forces in Europe and in the Korean Peninsula, Murray said.
Murray announced the Army this month ...

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