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Honeywell gets $3.5 bln for US Air Force EGI-M GPS navigation modernization work

Illustration; US Air Force photo of an F-15E Strike Eagle over Iraq

The US Air Force has awarded Honeywell an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract worth up to $3.5 billion for Embedded GPS Inertial Navigation System Modernization (EGI/EGI-M) follow-on production and sustainment.

According to a defense department release, this contract provides production, sustainment and engineering technical services in support of the EGI/EGI-M system.

Additionally, fiscal 2020 procurement funds in the amount of $1,635,018 are being obligated for the first order of EGIs for the F-15 aircraft. The orders are part of the US Air Force’s continued upgrade of the fighter aircraft that started entering service in 1974. EGI is a system in which computers provide steering information to the pilot.

The EGI-M program is a Pentagon-wide undertaking that aims to enable older GPS receivers to securely transmit new military signals for space (M-code) transmissions that are more resistant to jamming. The platforms in focus of the program are the US Navy’s E-2D Advanced Hawkeye and the US Air Force’s F-22 Raptor aircraft, but the systems are scalable to a range of platforms.

Work under the multi-billion contract will be performed in Clearwater, Florida, and is expected to be completed by December 2035. What is more, this contract will allow foreign military sales.