Robust Global Navigation System project: to deliver a precise source of position, velocity and time information for defence

Information for industry on how to engage and keep up to date with the Ministry of Defence (MOD) Robust Global Navigation System (R-GNS) Project.

R-GNS will deliver a precise source of position, velocity and time information, which will be resilient to electromagnetic interference, for defence and broader exploitation (OGDs, industry, critical national infrastructure etc.).

The initial aim is to focus R-GNS on systems that are constrained for space, weight and power (SWaP). The capability will comprise:

  • a core Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receiver capability, which will be available for incorporation within application systems
  • a network of signal Monitor Stations
  • Post Design Services to manage the design upkeep of the core products and support integration in the application systems.

Background information

Position, velocity and time information is typically used for navigation, targeting, guidance, situational awareness, search and rescue and time synchronisation purposes. MOD has several specific capability requirements that focus the R-GNS technical solution on GNSS receivers that exploit the growing number of satellite based navigation constellations (GPS, Galileo, GLONASS etc.) and the variety of the signals that they transmit.

To satisfy the low SWaP requirement, the main component of the GNSS receiver will be an Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC), which will be incorporated with ancillary components to produce a suite of solutions that will be available to incorporate within a wide range of systems.

How to find out more

A workshop, aimed at industry partners, who could potentially exploit R-GNS within their systems, will be held in MOD Main Building on 25 November 2016.

You can find out further information about the industry workshop, R-GNS in general or liaise with the DE&S Project Team, by emailing The team will aim to reply promptly to all queries.

Published 18 October 2016