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Rockwell Collins, QinetiQ Sign Alliance Agreement on Next-Generation GNSS Receivers

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May 26, 2017

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Rockwell Collins and QinetiQ have signed a global alliance agreement to collaborate on the development of next-generation, multi-constellation open service and secure GNSS receivers.

The partnership is designed to develop a multi-constellation open service offering as both companies look to help address critical mission requirements of government and military customers as well as infrastructure operators.

Rockwell Collins, a global leader in secure military GPS receivers with headquarters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is joining with QinetiQ, based in Farnborough, England. QinetiQ is a recognized expert in the field of open service solutions with access to critical satellite navigation system technologies that enable the development of multi-constellation solutions. Under the deal, QinetiQ’s advanced research capabilities will be paired with Rockwell Collins’ production and marketing to produce satellite navigation receivers.

“This alliance agreement with QinetiQ is a great opportunity to bring together our strengths,” said Colin Mahoney, senior vice president, International and Service Solutions for Rockwell Collins. “Working together, our customers will experience unprecedented levels of availability, accuracy and assurance of positioning, navigation and timing for conducting their missions.”

“As we move into the era of multi-constellation satellite receivers, this market-leading agreement and the investments of both companies sends a clear message to our customers and shareholders that QinetiQ and Rockwell Collins are taking every step necessary to stay at the forefront of GNSS technical development and product delivery,” said Steve Wadey, CEO of QinetiQ. “The development will be centered in Europe, led from the U.K., supporting the global market.”

The family of receivers to be developed will provide military, government and professional users the flexibility of selecting relevant GNSS capability to meet operational, geographical or budgetary needs and provide never-before-available GNSS accuracy and timing, according to the companies. This will improve safety, increase mission effectiveness and reduce operational costs for ground troops, vehicles and high-dynamics GNSS-guided weapons.

The partnership will also produce and offer a suite of GNSS receivers to support clients’ operational and geographical needs, Rockwell Collins said.

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