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IN BRIEF: DARPA to announce 100G program to build air-to-air data links

U.S. military researchers are letting industry in on a plan to develop air, ground, and sea-based wireless communications links with speeds matching today's fiber-optic connections for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) applications. Military data link specialists at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., briefed industry on the upcoming 100 Gb/s RF Backbone (100G) program, which seeks to develop airborne-to-airborne and airborne-to-ground communications links that move data as quickly as 100 gigabits per second.

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