Raytheon, Battelle Join DARPA Wireless Network Program

cablesRaytheon and Battelle have joined three other companies for a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program to engineer a wireless data network for the U.S. military, Military & Aerospace Electronics reported Monday.

John Keller writes the companies will work to develop a communication link capable of transmitting data at 100 gigabits per second within a single radio frequency channel under DARPA’s 100G Radio Frequency Backbone program.

DARPA aims to connect nodes of military communication lines and to manage voice, video, Internet and data transmissions, according to the report.

Raytheon’s Tucson, Ariz.-based network centric systems business unit won a $5.5 million contract and Columbus, Ohio-based Battelle secured a $2.3 million contract, Keller reports.

Silvus Technologies Inc., Trex Enterprises Corp. and Applied Communication Sciences are also participating in the DARPA program.

Researchers will work to transmit 100-gigabits-per-second of data from a 60,000-foot high aircraft to ranges of 125 miles for air-to-air connections and 62 miles for air-to-ground links, Keller writes.


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