Hexagon and CMC Electronics Announce Collaboration to Advance GNSS Aviation Tech

CMC Electronics and the Autonomy & Positioning division of Hexagon, which includes the Hexagon | NovAtel brand, have unveiled an innovative advancement in GNSS positioning technology. This partnership has resulted in the creation of a multi-constellation, multi-frequency (MCMF) GNSS platform, aiming to set new benchmarks in aviation navigation and safety.

This MCMF GNSS platform combines CMC’s certification prowess with the digital signal processing expertise of Hexagon | NovAtel. Designed to meet current and future challenges, the platform provides superior capabilities in detecting GNSS signal spoofing and jamming, while also emphasizing a lighter weight and more compact form factor. 

With the proliferation of GNSS signal jamming and spoofing threats extending beyond military concerns to impact global commercial aviation and civilian sectors, CMC Electronics and Hexagon | NovAtel are at the forefront of ushering in a new era of MCMF GNSS positioning and Assured Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (APNT). Their collaborative efforts aim to deliver maximum reliability and dependability in solutions for the commercial aviation, military, and unmanned aerial systems markets.

Nick Chalkiadakis, Business Unit Director of Navigation Systems at CMC, shared his excitement about the collaboration, highlighting the longstanding, supportive partnership with NovAtel. “Our joint efforts are not just about advancing but leading the way in the future of aviation GNSS technology,” Chalkiadakis remarked. He emphasized their commitment to introducing a new era of high-precision, high-performance GNSS solutions to the market.

The partnership features CMC’s next-generation receiver, certified to the exacting DO-254 Level A standards, integrating Hexagon | NovAtel’s sophisticated GNSS measurement technology. Stig Pedersen, Executive VP of Aerospace & Defense at Hexagon | NovAtel, expressed enthusiasm for providing their expertise to such an important initiative. “We’ve been pioneers in safety-critical positioning technology since the field’s early days, often working hand in hand with CMC. It’s exciting to support partners advancing their industries with leading-edge positioning technology,” Pedersen said.

Based in Montreal, Canada, with additional facilities in the USA, CMC Electronics has earned a global reputation for innovation and excellence in the design and manufacture of cockpit systems integration, avionics, display solutions, and high-performance microelectronics for the military and commercial aviation markets. Hexagon’s Autonomy & Positioning division is a global leader in delivering comprehensive solutions for assured positioning across various applications, facilitating the progress of autonomous technologies in essential industries.

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