Air Force eyes network-centric warfare common data link (CDL) of the future

HANSCOM AFB, Mass., 8 Jan. 2013. U.S. Air Force communications experts are reaching out to industry for ideas on future common data link (CDL) capability to enable military intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) forces to operate on the network-centric warfare battlefield of the future.

Officials of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., issued a request for information (CDL-13-RFI) late last week for the New Common Data Link (CDL) Capabilities program, which seeks to help the Air Force establish parameters of future common data links.

Air Force researchers particularly are interested in multi-access CDL networks; dynamically adaptive CDL parameters; and assured communications CDL capability. Companies are being asked to describe the data link capabilities they have now, or plan to have in the next four to five years.

The Air Force is issuing this RFI on behalf of the CDL Executive Agent, and the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. The RFI is not a solicitation, and is for planning purposes only, officials say.

Multi-access CDL network capability involves a need to provide multi-access capability to aggregate video data streams and other ISR traffic from several sources onto a high-rate data pipe, and to enable several data sources to compete for access to a common network.

The multi-access CDL network must be able to carry latency-sensitive control traffic on a deterministic network must be deterministic. Examples include a medium-size unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that collects and forwards video from several small Raven size UAVs, ground sensors, or ground vehicles. Ideas presented should consider latency, determinism, multipath fading, jamming, and other interference.

Related stories

-- Data Link Solutions to provide U.S. and foreign militaries with MIDS-LVT systems

-- Navy researchers tap Rockwell Collins to develop new high-throughput airborne tactical data link technology

-- Navy asks industry about Link 11 and Link 22 radio data links for shipboard communications processor.

Dynamically adaptive CDL parameters involves the ability to adjust link parameters on-the-fly, including data rate, transmit power, modulation and error-correction coding, frequency and other parameters as needed to adapt to changing RF environmental conditions.

Assured-communications CDL involves the ability to detect and go into an anti-jam mode with reduced-but-acceptable performance automatically when jamming is detected, and then return to normal when jamming goes away.

Ideas presented should identify the missions they would address, the capability addressed, and restraints such as size, weight, and power (SWaP), data rate, range, number of nodes, latency, and cost. Companies also may know of other scenarios from conversations with their customers that might be valuable.

Companies interested in submitting ideas should e-mail 20-page white papers to the Air Force's Trevor Sullivan and Maj. Chris Anglin at trevor.sullivan@hanscom.af.mil and chris.anglin@hanscom.af.mil no later than 21 Feb. 2013.

A half-day industry briefing on the New Common Data Link (CDL) Capabilities program tentatively is scheduled for the fourth week of this month in the Washington area.

For questions or concerns contact the Air Force's Lawrence Coe by phone at 781-225-1740, or by e-mail at lawrence.coe@hanscom.af.mil.

More information is online at https://www.fbo.gov/spg/USAF/AFMC/ESC/CDL-13-RFI/listing.html.

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


The Innovation That Matters™ Quiz

Innovation is one of the key drivers in the Defense industry. View this short video of Leon Woo, VP of Engineering at Mercury Systems, on the role of innovation. Then, answer 3 simple questions correctly to be entered into a drawing to win an Eddie Bauer fleece jacket!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR TWO MOST RECENT WINNERS. "Nick from SPARWAR" and "Bridget from AOC."


Military & Aerospace Photos

Related Products

API DC Link Power Film Capacitors

High reliability DC link capacitors for power inverter applications which require superior life e...

VPX3-453 3U VPX Virtex-6/8640D Digital Signal Processor

The Curtiss-Wright VPX3-453 is a high performance 3U VPX DSP and FPGA processor card that combine...

UAS, UAV and Ground Based Robot Antennas

Cobham Antenna Systems have designed and developed a range of antennas for use on UAV, UAS and gr...

Related Companies

API Technologies Corp

Who We Are API Technologies is a dominant technology provider of RF/microwave, microelectronics, and security technol...

Extreme Engineering Solutions Inc (X-ES)

 Extreme Engineering Solutions, Inc. (X-ES) is a leader in the design, manufacture, and support of standard and ...

Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions

About Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions (CWCDS) is a long establish...
Wire News provided by   

Most Popular Articles

Webcasts

Meeting the Gen3 backplane challenge with OpenVPX and COTS

Gen3 serial interconnects such as 40G Ethernet, QDR/FDR10 Infiniband, PCIe Gen3 offer significant performance benefits for OpenVPX Systems.  This webcast will outline OpenVPX Signal Integrity challenges...
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:

social activity

All Access Sponsors


Mil & Aero Magazine

February 2014
Volume 25, Issue 2
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