Navy orders networking radios for network-centric warfare from Rockwell Collins

Military radio designers at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will provide advanced networking radios for network-centric warfare under a $24.9 million U.S. Navy contract.

Jul 19th, 2016
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Military radio designers at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will provide advanced networking radios for network-centric warfare under a $24.9 million U.S. Navy contract.

Officials of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division-Point Mugu at Ventura County Naval Base, Calif., are asking Rockwell Collins to provide as many as 194 Quint Networking Technology (QNT) radios. The contract also calls for Rockwell Collins to provide 379 parts of associated hardware, as well as 36,482 hours of incidental equipment modification services for the AN/ALQ-231(V) Intrepid Tiger Electronic Attack System in support of the Joint Electronic Attack Compatibility Office.

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

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

On this contract Rockwell Collins will do the work in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Yuma, Ariz., and should be finished by May 2021.

FOR MORE INFORMATION visit Rockwell Collins online at www.rockwellcollins.com, or Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division-Point Mugu at www.navair.navy.mil.

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