Exelis wins Air Force contract to research low-cost GPS alternatives

  Exelis wins Air Force contract to research low-cost GPS alternatives

Business Wire

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. -- January 23, 2013

ITT Exelis (NYSE: XLS) has been awarded a $2.15 million contract by the Air
Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to research the development of a small
satellite navigation payload to augment the current Global Positioning System
(GPS) program. The GPS NAVSAT (Navigation Satellite) program seeks to provide
affordable capabilities to aid end-users located in tough-to-reach
environments.

“The development of smaller satellites -- in terms of size, weight, power and
cost -- will yield greater affordability for our customers,” said Mark Pisani,
vice president and general manager, Precision Instruments and Positioning,
Navigation and Timing Systems, Exelis Geospatial Systems. “A smaller satellite
size will allow for improved launch vehicle selection flexibility.”

The goal of the 18-month initial study is to identify innovative ways to
increase affordability and sustainment of the GPS program through payload
weight reduction, size and power. The GPS NAVSAT will maintain similar
performance capability to the existing GPS system, but will aid GPS end-users
in signal-constrained environments, located in urban or mountainous terrain.

Work on GPS NAVSAT is performed in Clifton, N.J., and in Bloomfield, N.J.

For nearly 40 years, Exelis payloads and payload components have been on board
every GPS satellite with more than 500 years of on-orbit life without a single
mission-related failure due to Exelis equipment.

GPS technology has changed the world by increasing productivity, safety and
effectiveness across a variety of industries including farming, construction,
mining, surveying and supply chain management. It is found in everything from
cell phones to shipping containers, Air Traffic Management, communications
networks, banking systems, financial markets, power grids, military assets and
much more.

About ITT Exelis

ITT Exelis is a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense and
information solutions company with strong positions in enduring and emerging
global markets. Exelis is a leader in networked communications, sensing and
surveillance, electronic warfare, navigation, air traffic solutions and
information systems with growing positions in cyber security, composite
aerostructures, logistics and technical services. The company has a 50-year
legacy of innovation and technology expertise, partnering with customers
worldwide to deliver affordable, mission-critical products and services for
managing global threats, conflicts and complexities. Headquartered in McLean,
Va., the company employs about 20,500 people and generated 2011 sales of $5.8
billion. www.exelisinc.com

Contact:

ITT Exelis
Jane Khodos, 973-284-5517
Jane.Khodos@exelisinc.com
 
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