The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded Lucent Technologies a
$11.5 million contract as prime contractor for first phase of Mobile Networked
Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output (MNM) program.
The MNM program is aimed to develop technologies to enable spectrally efficient,
mobile ad hoc network communications as part of Future Combat Systems supporting
In addition to Lucent Technologies, subcontractors for this program include BBN
Technologies, Rockwell-Collins, Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, Stow Research LLC, and
Stevens Institute of Technology.
According to DARPA, future US military operational concepts call for increased
amounts of bandwidth, specially in challenging multipath environments in
frequency bands that are already spectrum-limited. The Multiple-Input,
Multiple-Output (MIMO) technology offers the potential for increased efficiency
in such environments, while providing anti-jam and low probability of detection
The MNM program main goal is to perform a field demonstration showing a 20 times
increase in spectral efficiency while operating at multiple frequency in a
mobile network in urban area.
The 12-month MNM program Phase 1 will validate concept of mobile ad hoc network
using a MIMO physical layer at the Naval Air Engineering Station, Lakehurst, New
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