First-of-its-kind handheld military Underwater Navigation System unveiled

Collins Aerospace unveiled world’s first military Underwater Navigation System.
Collins Aerospace unveiled world’s first military Underwater Navigation System. Credit: Collins Aerospace

Collins Aerospace, a Raytheon Technologies subsidiary, has introduced a new military underwater navigation system, which first of its kind in the world. The new device is designed as a handheld diver navigation system that not only provides accurate and precise positioning but also integrates secure anti-jamming capabilities during deep-sea missions.

The need to create a system with accurate navigation arises when carrying out complex operations underwater. Military divers conduct operations at various depths where accurate navigation and anti-jamming equipment are required.

The new Military Underwater Navigation System with M-Code (MUNS-M) integrates the military GPS signal called M-Code, which the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) uses for military operations. The M-Code is designed to enhance position, navigation, and timing (PNT) capabilities and improve resistance to existing and emerging threats to GPS, such as jamming and spoofing. This makes it an important asset for electronic warfare.

The new MUNS-M system was developed in partnership with UK-based Blue-Print Subsea, which manufactures a range of handheld underwater navigation products to assist search-and-rescue and locate objects on the seabed.

The company hasn’t released too many details about the underwater navigation system and how the system works. Imagine if ground/air-based navigation requires complex technology, then what it takes to develop one for underwater environments.

Military divers face dangerous, complex underwater navigation objectives that require precise positioning and secure anti-jamming capabilities,” said Adam Atkins, principal account manager, Mission Systems. “Our new MUNS-M system is specifically designed to meet the needs of the military diver community and perform in demanding combat environments.”