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Opportunity focus: Navy searches for underwater GPS

February 17, 2017 Katrice Eborn

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U.S. and allied navies are seeking sources for a hand-held Global Positioning Systems (GPS) that work underwater, based on a Feb. 8 announcement.

The U.S. Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) and international members of the GPS Technical Working Group (TWG) are inviting companies to show off their handheld underwater navigation systems in simulated exercises in Sydney, Australia, during May.

The products would be used in a Military Underwater Navigation System (MUNS) that would ultimately give divers position, navigation and timing (PNT) capabilities tens of meters underwater, according to the request for information (RFI).

This is a follow-on to another MUNS RFI from October 2016. Companies that responded to previous RFI don’t need to submit another proposal unless something has significantly changed, though they will need to notify the contracting officer, Oralee Martin, at oralee.martin@navy.mil, if they want to participate in the May experiments.

The market survey closes on March 9 and responses should be submitted to the SPAWAR e-Commerce website.

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