A contracting team including ITT Exelis will develop a line-of-sight, high-bandwidth laser communications system for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps.
Exelis said the branches will use the system for ISR missions (intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance).
Exelis will lead systems engineering, product development and production and NOVASOL will design and develop the laser communication technologies for ship-to-ship, ship-to-shore and ground-to-ground mission missions.
“Today’s missions require moving huge amounts of data — more than three gigabytes per second — all in near real time,” said Gary Tarantino, manager of advanced systems and strategic initiatives for Exelis’ electronic systems sector. “Using laser communications gives our forces the information they need without competing with radio frequency transmissions — it’s like having your own traffic lane at rush hour.”
John Sender, a NOVASOL vice president, said that company has worked with the Office of Naval Research and the Naval Research Laboratory for the past eight years to develop the technology.
This contract is with the ONR, based in Arlington, Va., and the Washington-based NRL.
Exelis said the companies plan to produce tactical laser communication networks for mobile and special operations forces.