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GNSS Navigation Threats Management on-Board of Aircraft

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-125
JournalINCAS Bulletin
Issue number03/2019
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2019
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


This paper proposes low-complexity measures to be deployed on most aircraft to enable the management of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) interference, and in particularly of jamming and spoofing threats, in order to reach the Flightpath2050 safety and security targets. It is known that, if there is a jamming interference and GNSS navigation is lost, a disruption will be caused, requiring the likely intervention of Air Traffic Control. Also, the presence of a spoofing signal is a serious security threat with a potentially catastrophic impact on the safety of the aircraft and on any other ground infrastructure. Through our jamming and spoofing detection and localization stages, based on minimal additional infrastructure, we will reduce the time required to detect and localize an interfering source and, therefore, the time required to mitigate it and restore the nominal traffic operations. Our solutions will also improve the safety of the Air Traffic Management system. Moreover, the deployment of our solution, with its capability of localizing an interfering device, could be a deterrent to any agent interested in intentionally generating a jamming or spoofing signal, and so will reduce the likelihood of this type of interference events.


  • Air Traffic Management (ATM), aviation infrastructure, Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), interference management, jamming, spoofing, commercial aircraft

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