The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded a Raytheon subsidiary two contracts worth $9 million combined to develop platforms designed to facilitate interoperability of airborne communication networks used by manned aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles.
DARPA awarded the contracts to Raytheon BBN Technologies under the agency’s Dynamic Network Adaptation for Mission Optimization program, Raytheon said Monday.
The DyNAMO program aims to develop networking tools that will work to allow an aircraft to share data with other aerial vehicles with various suites of sensors amid hostile environments.
“First, we will adapt radio parameters in reaction to changing information needs and conditions, so current and future airborne networks can communicate with each other,“ said Jason Redi, vice president for networking and communications unit at Raytheon BBN Technologies.
Redi added the company will also develop a method to facilitate data exchanges among incompatible networks.
DARPA released a solicitation for research proposals for the DyNAMO program in October 2015.