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Precision navigation in GPS-denied environments has been highlighted by the US Institute for Defense Analyses IDA as a key application for quantum technology, with the potential to support maritime systems, UAVs, and aircraft. With improvements in system size and performance, IDA forecasts a quantum PNT (precision navigation and timing) market exceeding $200 million annually by 2024.

A new collaboration will develop a next-generation quantum-enhanced PNT for both the civilian and defense markets.

Quantum sensing is considered one of the most promising areas in the global research effort to leverage the exotic properties of quantum physics for real-world benefit. It is expected to revolutionize PNT through an ability to detect very weak accelerations while maintaining accuracy over long times. Quantum-enabled PNT can therefore enable highly precise navigation in commercial and military applications where GPS is unavailable.

Q-CTRL, a startup that applies the principles of control engineering to accelerate the development of quantum technology, has partnered with Advanced Navigation, expertizing in AI-based navigational hardware. The two companies will collaborate in developing quantum-enabled sensing. 

Q-CTRL has a growing practice in quantum sensing for aerospace and defense. Advanced Navigation builds ultra-precise, AI-based navigational technologies and robotics for sea, air, land and space across commercial and defense domains, according to finance.yahoo.com.