Navy asks industry for help in developing a new generation of military tactical data links

Click to Enlarge

ARLINGTON, Va., 3 May 2011. Military communications experts in the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) in Arlington, Va., are asking industry to develop technology for the next generation of military tactical data links to replace or augment existing data links like Link-16, the Multifunction Advanced Data Link (MADL) and Cooperative Engagement Capability-Data Distribution System (CEC-DDS).

ONR released a broad agency announcement (ONRBAA11-021) late last week for the Advanced Tactical Data Link (ATDL) program to develop tactical data link technology to complement existing military data links to coordinate Navy weapons and sensors among manned and unmanned aircraft, surface ships, submarines, and ground forces.

ONR is asking to develop high-bandwidth auto-configuring and self-adapting network technologies that offer low-latency communications for integrated sensing and cooperative integrated fire control. ATDL technologies must resist attempts to jam them, and involve new approaches for wideband communications and antenna techniques that are effective across a variety of platforms.

Data link technologies developed in the ATDL program also develop technologies that improve military communications networks at the forward edges of battlefield areas. These technologies should be mature enough for future acquisition programs.

Among the goals of the ATDL program is to increase the number of battlefield nodes that can be connected, as well as increase throughput of tactical data links to improve distributed command and control, situational awareness, navigation, and cooperative integrated fire control. The idea is to improve connectivity and collaboration among shooters, sensors, and weapons, Navy officials say.

Current tactical communication capabilities have limited throughput and scalability, insufficient anti-jam) and low probability of exploitation capability, as well as unacceptable delay times in communications and high wait times to join the network, Navy officials say.

Navy leaders are particularly interested in advanced tactical data link capability for the E-2D Hawkeye carrier-based maritime surveillance aircraft, the F/A-18G Growler electronic warfare jet, the F-35 joint strike fighter, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Companies interested in participating in the ATDL program should respond to ONR no later than 15 June 2011. For questions or concerns, contact ONR's Gordon Jaquith by phone at 703-696-7831, or by e-mail at jaquith@navy.mil. Also contact the Navy's Vera Carroll by phone at 703-696-2610, or by e-mail at vera.carroll@navy.mil.

More information is online at https://www.fbo.gov/spg/DON/ONR/ONR/ONRBAA11-021/listing.html.

Easily post a comment below using your Linkedin, Twitter, Google or Facebook account.


Military & Aerospace Photos

Most Popular Articles

Wire News provided by   

social activity

Webcasts

Meeting the Gen3 backplane challenge with OpenVPX and COTS

Tight Pentagon budgets mean military systems must stay in the field for longer than ever before. This doesn't mean obsolete technology, however. Today's military electronics are being upgraded constantly, an...
Sponsored by:

Digital signal processing for signals intelligence and electronic warfare

Military & Aerospace Electronics presents an expert Webcast on the design considerations for blending general-purposes processors (GPUs), general-purpose graphics processors (GPGPUs), field-programmable ...
Sponsored by:

Advantages of Intel Architecture Products and Wind River Solutions in Military & Aerospace Applications

This webinar explains the individual advantages of the Intel Architecture hardware, available for long-life supply, and the WRS software portfolio.  There are extraordinary advantages of combining such ...
Sponsored by:

All Access Sponsors

View the 2014 Buyer's Guide Now!


Mil & Aero Magazine

October 2014
Volume 25, Issue 10
file

Download Our Apps



iPhone

iPad

Android

Follow Us On...



Newsletters

Military & Aerospace Electronics

Weekly newsletter covering technical content, breaking news and product information
SUBSCRIBE

Defense Executive

Monthly newsletter covering business news and strategic insights for executive managers
SUBSCRIBE

Embedded Computing Report

Monthly newsletter covering news on embedded computing in aerospace, defense and industrial-rugged applications
SUBSCRIBE

Unmanned Vehicles

Monthly newsletter covering news updates for designers of unmanned vehicles
SUBSCRIBE