During the Navigation Warfare Trial, the Austrian Ministry of Defence provided participants that opportunity, allowing them to deploy and operate jammers to test intentional interference of terrestrial GNSS receivers and sensors.
As part of the trial, experts from the Agency's Joint Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JISR) Centre deployed and tested cutting-edge GNSS jamming technologies, including the first field test of the GANDALF 3 system, an Agency-owned prototype. The GANDALF 3 system is a capability designed to detect, localise and characterise GNSSs jammers and spoofers. The project aims to create awareness and increase knowledge on the threat posed by GNSS jamming.
Additionally, Agency experts deployed a remotely operated airborne GNSS jammer in order to validate new concepts and technologies for Countering Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-UAS).
"These unique trial activities are of great value in expanding national and NATO technical expertise, and strengthening relationships with partner nations," said Matt Roper, Chief of the JISR Centre. "They provide opportunities to experiment with new developments in radio software and hardware technologies and are of direct benefit to the NCI Agency's role as a 'smart buyer' in support of various procurement projects".
The NCI Agency has a long history of successfully developing prototypes to explore innovative solutions for both defensive and offensive navigation warfare. Participating in events like this ensures that the Agency can continue to help NATO expand its GNSSs navigation warfare knowledge and support its evolving navigation warfare and C-UAS requirements.