DARPA Funding FCS Advanced Communications Development


Released on Tuesday, June 1, 2004
United States of America
FCS MCS
DARPA - Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
FCS - Future Combat Systems
MANET - Mobile Ad hoc NETwork
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, also known as DARPA, awarded Raytheon a contract worth $8 million to develop and demonstrate networking and communications technologies for future insertion into US Army's Future Combat Systems (FCS) and other Army platforms and systems.

The DARAP-sponsored program goal is to create a net-centric system capable of high data rate transfer and low latency communications needed for real-time FCS fire control and robotic missions. Due to hostile electromagnetic environments where FCS systems would be deployed, its communication system must provide protection against jamming and low probability of interception.

The approach selected to meet the FCS goals is a multi-tiered mobile ad hoc network (MANET) utilizing both directional antennas at low-band and highly direction antennas at high-band.

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