Multi-domain comms system to support U.S. Air ForceNews
April 08, 2020
NEW YORK, N.Y. Persistent Systems, LLC, developer of the Wave Relay Mobile Ad hoc Network (MANET), announced that the U.S. Air Force awarded it a $25 million contract for the Wave Relay Tactical Assault Kit (WaRTAK) program. The refresh is expected to take four years.
The WaRTAK program, which began in 2016, provides Air Force convoys driving in austere environments with multi-domain communications and situational awareness.
Ground vehicles, support aircraft, and individuals using WaRTAK can communicate and coordinate with friendly units on TAK, a shared digital map for Android (ATAK) and Windows (WinTAK). They can also identify unknown or enemy vehicles that might prove a threat to strategic mobile Air Force assets via high-definition video or photos.
The WaRTAK program began because of a critical need for Rapid Innovation through the Air Force Research Lab.
As part of the four-year contract with the Air Force, Persistent will provide the program with Android-loaded MPU5 smart networking devices and the Dual Push-to-Talk (PTT) system, which allow users to talk on two radio talk groups and as an intercom system.