WASHINGTON — BAE Systems announced May 18 it has been awarded a $325.5 million contract to supply Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite receiver equipment for the U.S. military and allies.

The contract was awarded by the Defense Logistics Agency. 

The company will supply receiver modules that allow the military to use a jam-resistant GPS signal known as M-code, or military code. The modules will be used to build military-grade GPS receivers for precision-guided munitions and handheld devices.

The U.S. military relies on GPS for positioning, navigation, and timing.

Secure PNT is essential for the operation of aircraft, ships, munitions and land vehicles, said Greg Wild, director of navigation and sensor systems at BAE Systems. “This contract will ensure the availability of M-Code module inventory to build advanced, next-generation GPS receivers.”

Under the contract, BAE Systems will provide so-called MGUE Increment 1 GPS modules — short for Modernized GPS User Equipment — to the Defense Department and U.S. allies through 2030. BAE will manufacture the hardware and manage the inventory on behalf of the Defense Logistics Agency. 

BAE Systems in February won a $247 million Space Force contract for the development of more advanced MGUE Increment 2 module with a new M-code upgrade. The latest contract from the Defense Logistics agency is for manufacturing and inventory management of MGUE Increment 1 products that are currently available.

Sandra Erwin writes about military space programs, policy, technology and the industry that supports this sector. She has covered the military, the Pentagon, Congress and the defense industry for nearly two decades as editor of NDIA’s National Defense...