Defense | Air, Land & Sea

The Challenge

The deployment of GPS and GNSS technology helps to meet the challenge of minimizing vulnerabilities in mission critical military combat and support activities.

  • Keeping ahead of any threat in any domain: air, land, sea
  • Gaining the critical intelligence you need for the success of the mission
  • Protecting troops, civilians, assets and property

This deployment requires solutions designed for the ever-increasing complexity of today’s positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) applications such as for GNSS integration, clock and signal synchronization, inertial navigation and testing and calibration of signals and devices that rely on precisely timed signals.

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The needs of defense programs are varied but very specific. We have a long history of successfully meeting the needs from design concept to program continuity. It starts with a discussion. We call it a fit assessment.

Collaborative Solutions

Every day Spectracom is working closely with defense experts, like you, all over the world, to upgrade manned and unmanned fleets. We understand how to adjust technology for factors like size, weight, power, and ruggedness that make the difference between success and failure.

Our defense experience results in thoughtfully prepared products to enable us to deploy “essential ingenuity” into fail-safe solutions and on-going support.

Our approach is pragmatic and personal.

If we can’t find a fail-safe solution together that meets budgetary, scheduling, feasibility and usability requirements, then we have not solved the challenge.

  • Embedded components used in integrated systems that require flexibility
  • Mission-critical networking (C4ISR) that requires security
  • Testing of GNSS signals that require location accuracy

Upgrading the Fleet

For manned use, we can help you upgrade your infrastructure where technology implemented in air, land, and sea mobile platforms is outdated. Our focus is to make old technology relevant by improving accuracy and accessibility of positioning, navigation and timing capabilities so vital data can be used in critical decision-making.

For unmanned systems, we are joining forces to implement the latest and best technology for missions to collect data, survey, monitor and gather intelligence with precision under harsh conditions.

The Building Blocks

Our product designs and the myriad of technologies inside them provide the building blocks to meet the needs of the defense industry. While we offer commercial-off-shelf (COTS) products, we find the best solution is often a unique configuration “waiting-to-happen.” We call it configure-to-COTS.

Some of the building blocks for our solutions for defense are:


Application Notes

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Spectracom's SecureSync can now provide stratum-1 time synchronization data to devices and clients through NTP protocol within minutes of startup for applications requiring rapid deployment.
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Thursday, May 3, 2012
By: Spectracom


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Assured Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) solutions for the world's most critical defense and security applications - air, land and sea.
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Monday, November 5, 2018
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Spectracom's rugged/mobile PNT systems are products that reinvent themselves. These platforms combine a wide range of capabilities either configurable right out-of-the-box, or with modifications and add-ons to GPS receivers, inertial measurement sensors and precision oscillators.
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Tuesday, September 15, 2015
By: Spectracom


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Orolia’s SecureFind™ Combat Rescue Beacon (CRB) is an innovative military positioning device designed to optimize successful rescue operations for warfighters in distress.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Industry Standards

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Enclosure E of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Instruction, 2003 CJCS Master Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Plan, defines the policy and status of GPS user equipment acquisition. Paragraph 3a states, "All newly fielded DoD systems will use SAASM compliant devices..."
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Monday, March 31, 2003
By: US Joint Chiefs of Staff

System Diagrams

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System diagram showing timing signal distribution over fiber for long distances or crossing red/black security domains.
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Monday, November 12, 2012
By: Spectracom

Success Stories

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Spectracom’s TSync bus-level timing platform was integrated into a new small, rugged, Passive Detection and Reporting System (PDRS) to receive GPS, discipline an onboard rugged ovenized crystal oscillator and generate high precision time and frequency signals for system synchronization. It also delivers GPS coordinates for the system.

The development of the system greatly benefited from Spectracom's customization-to-COTS approach by adapting the platform into a standard VPX-based card without the need for non-recurring engineering charges. It offered the necessary ruggedization, small size, and low weight and power consumption to meet the goals of system portability, and is available with secure SAASM GPS.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016
By: Spectracom