Boeing Tests Revolutionary Military Communications Technology


Released on Tuesday, September 21, 2004
United States of America
HMMWV
DNW - Directional Network Waveform
Boeing has announced that recently completed field test of a new mobile theater-of-operations directional communications technology which can provide soldiers with secure intelligence data at speeds 1,000 times faster than existing systems.

The new communications technology gathering information from a variety of sources will enable US forces to conduct military operations more quickly and effectively on the battlefield. Directional Network Waveform (DNW) will merge information coming from decision centers, soldiers, fighter aircraft, ships, unmanned air vehicle sensors, weapons or other communication nodes in the theater.

The DNW concept uses secure, mobile Internet Protocol (IP) network to achieve a communication network faster than current systems. It is being developed by Boeing's Phantom Works division.

The test involved a Humvee multipurpose vehicle equipped with a DNW terminal and a fixed DNW tower mounted terminal and workstation. During the test, the network performed ground-to-ground IP mobile directional networking. Bidirectional video streams, text chat, web browsing, voice-over IP and other IP applications were demonstrated in the network.

Moreover, operators demonstrated that they could remotely direct electro-optical sensors from any work station in the network. The test also demonstrated that the network applies even in areas with natural blockages such as trees and other vegetation.

In the near future, Boeing will conduct new tests involving a terminal mounted on a mountain top simulating an airborne DNW node, and a Humvee-HMMWV equipped with a terminal attached to a workstation conducting on the move electronic support measures operations. DNW roadmap envisages inclusion of high resolution imagery, raw radar and electronic sensor data, large amounts of data that current systems are unable to exchange as well as large amounts of track information.

Finally, the DNW technology keys are multiplexed access communication protocol integrated with electronically steered phased array antennas. Together they provide efficient spectrum reuse and extremely high data rates at long range, while providing jam resistance and difficulty of detection.

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