Special Ops Seeking New Mobile Vehicle Comm Network

Site: Defense.gov

The Defense Department is looking to industry for a wireless network that could connect motor vehicles, unmanned aircraft and troops on ground, NextGov reports. 

According to a Monday request for information, the U.S. Special Operations Command wants the floating network to have minimal-fixed infrastructure and connect troops via commercial devices.

Industry respondents should submit proposals within 30 days of Monday, according to the solicitation.

Ideally, the system would be able to weave devices capable of communicating with one another into one wireless network that gives soldiers connectivity on the battlefield without fiber-optic cables or cell towers.

The Pentagon hopes soldiers would be able to carry around tools that enable the network, mount them on unmanned vehicles or have the associated tools installed in Humvees and other ground vehicles.

The Defense Research Advanced Projects Agency is also seeking techniques to increase the range of a fixed-site base station’s reach, where components of the moving network can pick up frequencies from further away.

DARPA is also planning to award $40 million in order to develop methods for transmitting specific waves for communications devices.

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