Rockwell Collins to provide communications research to help warfighters find and attack important targets in real time

ROME, N.Y., 30 May 2010. U.S. Air Force researchers are looking to Rockwell Collins Inc. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to investigate tactical targeting network technology (TTNT) and related technologies such as quint network technology (QNT) for communications to and among forward-deployed fighting forces.

May 30th, 2010
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ROME, N.Y., 30 May 2010. U.S. Air Force researchers are looking to Rockwell Collins Inc. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to investigate tactical targeting network technology (TTNT) and related technologies such as quint network technology (QNT) for communications to and among forward-deployed fighting forces.

The Quint Networking Technology (QNT) program, supervised by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., is developing a modular network data link program to establish multiband communications among manned aircraft, unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAVs), weapons, tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and infantry ground forces.

The intent of QNT technology is to use data links to integrate tactical UAVs, infantrymen, and weapons into the future digital battlefield for effective network centric warfare operations that use distributed sensor platforms to find, fix, track, and engage important static and moving targets in real time.

QNT systems users are weapons, air control forces on the ground, and tactical UAVs. These three are the focal points of the QNT effort with the other two elements using hardware and waveforms from established programs.

This TTNT research contract will ask military communications experts at Rockwell Collins to develop a Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) version of the TTNT waveform that complies with the Software Communications Architecture (SCA), and National Security Agency (NSA) Unified Infosec Criteria (UIC). Rockwell Collins also will develop and demonstrate advanced TTNT and QNT terminals and TTNT directional networking technologies within the next eight months to a year.

Awarding the contract are officials of the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate in Rome, N.Y. The amount of the contract has not yet been determined. For questions or concerns, contact contracting officer Douglas Rosenthal by phone at 315-330-1957, by fax at 315-330-1777, by e-mail at Douglas.Rosenthal@rl.af.mil, or by post to the Air Force Research Laboratory Rome Research Site, 26 Electronics Parkway, Rome, N.Y. 13441.

More information is online at https://www.fbo.gov/spg/USAF/AFMC/AFRLRRS/FA8750-10-D-0042/listing.html. For other information contact Rockwell Collins online at www.rockwellcollins.com.

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