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Embedded GPS/INS Certified For US Army Aviation Aircraft Fleet

The U.S. Space Force PECO has granted Honeywell’s EAGLE-M EGI with M-Code MSO-c145b authorization, aiming to replace EGIs that relied on SAASM embedded GPS receivers By Abi Wylie / 03 Jun 2024
Embedded GPS/INS Certified For US Army Aviation Aircraft Fleet
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The U.S. Space Force Precise Positioning Service (PPS) Equipment Certification Office (PECO) has granted MSO-c145b authorization to Honeywell’s Embedded Global Positioning System (GPS)/Inertial Navigation System (INS) (EGI) with M-Code, known as EAGLE-M.

The EAGLE-M is the culmination of a long-time progressive and successful working partnership with Army Program Executive Office (PEO) Aviation and Army Aviation Mission Systems and Architecture (PM-AMSA) to continuously address obsolescence and plan for new technology insertion. 

This authorization enabled Army PEO Aviation to achieve a Statement of Airworthiness Qualification (SAQ) from the Systems Readiness Directorate (SRD) at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, for installation on U.S Army Aviation aircraft. This is the first certification of any EGI with M-code on any platform worldwide.

The EAGLE-M provides a more secure and resilient Position Navigation Timing (PNT) capability to Army Aviation aircraft. Most notably, the EAGLE-M includes an M‑Code GPS receiver capable of supplying a more precise and resilient aircraft PNT solution.

When coupled with the EGI’s impressive inertial sensors, this M-Code GPS receiver provides a resilient navigation solution that dramatically increases aviation operational capability within GPS contested environments.

In addition to providing greater capability to Army Aviation aircrews operating within degraded GPS environments, the EAGLE-M enables compliance to Communication, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management requirements.

These requirements include Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast (ADS-B), Required Navigation Performance (RNP) and Localizer Performance with Vertical guidance (LPV) through its DO-178 and DO-254 Design Assurance Level (DAL) A pedigree. This capability enhances Army Aviation’s ability to operate in any airspace worldwide increasing mission effectiveness and enhancing responsiveness.

Honeywell’s EGI with M-code aims to be the obsolescence replacement for previous EGIs that relied on the Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM) embedded GPS receiver. 

Matt Picchetti, Vice President and General Manager of Honeywell’s Navigation and Sensors business, said; “Honeywell is very proud to lead the way with the Army in fielding the certified EAGLE-M. As the first M-code equipped EGI to be fielded, we are enhancing resiliency to help the warfighter achieve mission success in today’s contested environments. 

“We look forward to building from this success to provide a more resilient and certifiable nav solution for additional aircraft around the world.”

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