BAE Systems to develop next-generation wireless tactical networks

BURLINGTON, Mass., 21 July 2006. BAE Systems has received a contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop the next generation in wireless tactical network protocols for the U.S. military.

Jul 21st, 2006

BURLINGTON, Mass., 21 July 2006. BAE Systems has received a contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop the next generation in wireless tactical network protocols for the U.S. military.

The objective of DARPA's Control-Based Mobile Ad-hoc Network (CBMANET) contract is to research, design, develop, and evaluate a new protocol stack for networks of autonomous mobile communication devices referred to as mobile ad-hoc networks, or MANETs. Within a MANET, each node operates as an end-system and as a router capable of forwarding traffic and forming a network free of any fixed infrastructure.

CBMANET will improve tactical network performance, such as throughput and latency, by an order of magnitude relative to current state-of-the-art practices.

The contract includes a base award worth $7.78 million over 18 months, with the potential of growing to $13.3 million over 30 months, if the option is fully exercised.

The CBMANET program will culminate in field demonstrations at the Fort Dix/Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command San Diego is the contracting agent.

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