GPS Working Group

14 July 2015

More than 50 delegates from 14 NATO and non-NATO nations participated in the Global Positioning System (GPS) User Equipment Working Group meeting earlier this month, including Colombia, New Zealand and the Philippines and GPS commercial industry representatives.

As a member of the GPS Support Partnership, the US Air Force’s GPS Directorate took advantage of NSPA’s world class conference facility to organize this meeting and reach out to the global military GPS user community. The meeting was opened by NSPA General Manager, Mr. Michael LYDEN, and Colonel Steven WHITNEY, GPSD Director. Both highlighted the importance of GPS for military operations and the need to stay abreast of the latest developments as a globally active community.

Information provided by the GPSD included updates on plans for launching new satellites that will enable global access to the new military GPS signal (M-code) in the coming years. User nations provided overviews of their respective national programmes, plans and challenges, whereas industry presented new GPS products and applications, which drew considerable interest from the participants.

The Air and Land Combat Systems Programme Office provided an overview of the GPS Support Partnership services currently offered to the six member nations, highlighting procurement, maintenance and demilitarization activities. GPSD’s International Business Manager, Mr. Zosimo EUSEBIO, and the Programme Manager, Mr. Giorgio SCAPPATICCI, highlighted the unique capability that NSPA can offer to the international GPS user community, having the only authorized facility outside the USA to service and maintain military GPS chips and applications. This latest meeting allowed a great exchange with industry, excellent collaboration in the LM managed GPS Technical Working Group where we see potential to further improve customer support.” Explained  Mr.SCAPPATICCI.