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
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
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
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
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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