Germany is the first U.S. ally to order the new military code, also known as M-code, capable of Military GPS User Equipment (MGUE). The United States Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) achieved a major milestone on September 30, when GPS Foreign Military Sales (FMS) office received its first M-code MGUE order. Germany will be receiving its order by this year.
SMC is facilitating international access and availability of M-code user equipment as directed by the Secretary of the Air Force and the Office of the Secretary of Defense to 58 authorized nations. Additional foreign military sales of MGUE are being worked.
Currently, SMC is engaged with several nations in bilateral M-code prototyping, demonstration and lead platform planning efforts. Under a multilateral agreement, MGUE ground-based receivers are on schedule to be loaned to approved partners for early integration and test in national weapons systems.
M-code is an upgrade to the currently available GPS signals that provide enhanced secure positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) performance, anti-jam and anti-spoofing to provide a more resilient PNT solution. It will improve interoperability with our defense partners’ equipment and operations while increasing navigation warfare effectiveness for allied operations.