DARPA selects Raytheon to develop NextGen communications network for airborne platforms

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) officials heading the Dynamic Network Adaptation for Mission Optimization (DyNAMO) program selected Raytheon BBN Technologies – a Raytheon subsidiary – to provide next-generation communications for manned and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The two contracts total an estimated $9 million.

Under contract, engineers will develop two new capabilites, says said Jason Redi, vice president for Raytheon BBN Technologies' Networking and Communications unit. "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. Second, we will create an efficient way to share information across and between networks that are currently incompatible so that applications operating on them can share relevant data."

Photo by DARPA

DARPA’s DyNAMO program aims to different aircraft with different sensor suites to communicate and share information.

Read more on airborne platforms:
Will COTS suppliers find profits in commercial UAV applications?
DARPA's CODE program for unmanned systems moves to Phase 2
More payload interoperability key for UAS platforms