GRAND RAPIDS — GE Aviation announced Wednesday that it was awarded a contract worth nearly $9 million in support of surveillance systems such as the U.S. Marine Corps Ground-Based Operation Surveillance System (G-BOSS) program.

The contract includes the inertial reference unit, lab testing assets, integration, repairs and engineering support for the program. The work will take place at GE’s facility in Grand Rapids, with deliveries starting this year and ending in the third quarter 2017.

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“GE has provided inertial reference systems to our customers for more than half a century,” said George Kiefer, vice president and general manager of Avionics with GE Aviation. “Tactical inertial navigation is an area of expertise for our team and we’re proud to be part of this program.”

The inertial reference unit provides the technology to provide orientation and position utilizing Global Positioning System data for a wide variety of land vehicle, airborne and seaborne applications for the purposes of surveillance, target acquisition, and satellite antenna pointing. The reference unit combines inertial data and GPS data to provide the user with high-accuracy continuous location, heading, pitch, and roll data in both stationary and moving vehicles.

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The G-BOSS is an integration of sensors to provide a “beyond the fence” surveillance capability giving troops the flexibility to adjust to a variety of terrain, threats and missions. The Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane, Ind. is the sourcing customer administering the contract.

Find additional information about the G-BOSS system at this link.

GE Aviation Systems provides similar reference product systems to many different applications for the purpose of warfighter protection and for satellite communications antenna pointing for commercial and military use.

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