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Locata Press Release – TMC Design Awarded USAF Contract for LocataNet at White Sands

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Locata’s technology integration partner, TMC Design, has been awarded a contract by the US Air Force to build and deploy a LocataNet at the famed White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The 746th Test Squadron’s new Non-GPS Based Positioning System is expected to be operational by Q3 2013, with a network that covers 2,500 sq miles (6,500 sq km).  Locata technology will be the essential element that powers the USAF’s new ‘gold standard GPS truth system,’ supplying continuous centimetre-level, independent positioning when GPS is completely jammed.

Canberra, Australia and Las Vegas, Nevada – June 11, 2013 – Locata Corporation announced today that the US Air Force 746th Test Squadron (746 TS) recently awarded New Mexico based TMC Design Corporation a contract to install and integrate the Locata Non‐GPS Based Positioning System (NGBPS) on White Sands Missile Range (WSMR).

TMC Design is a Locata Technology Integrator (LTI) that has been certified by Locata to build and install military systems in the U.S. Under this contract, TMC Design will design, integrate, install and test the NGBPS system to provide the 746 TS with highly accurate “truth data” covering a large proportion of WSMR.

The Locata system will give the 746 TS an entirely new and enhanced capability, allowing them to evaluate the operations of mobile and airborne position, navigation, and timing (PNT) equipment in GPS‐denied environments. The operational installation of the NGBPS system will consist of both fixed and mobile Command and Control (C2) nodes, and a network of LocataLite transceivers deployed on WSMR. The Locata NGBPS system is capable of operating in combination with GPS, or completely independent of GPS, depending on 746 TS mission requirements.

As the GPS Test Center of Expertise and U.S. Department of Defense’s lead test organization for evaluating GPS user equipment and GPS-based guidance and navigation systems, the 746 TS recognizes the NGBPS as a critical component for the realization of the squadron’s new Ultra-High Accuracy Reference System for the increasingly demanding test and evaluation of future navigation systems for the Department of Defense.

The LocataNet at WSMR is planned to be operational by Q3.  It will provide the 746 TS with tactically significant operational capabilities that to date have not been available to the USAF – to fly high accuracy test missions at WSMR when GPS is completely jammed across the range.

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