Military Embedded Systems

Secure comms for robotic systems in development for Army

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February 11, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Associate Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Secure comms for robotic systems in development for Army
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army.

NEW YORK, N.Y. Persistent Systems, LLC announced that it won a $5.4M contract by the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command C5ISR Center to develop Protected Communications for Manned-Unmanned Teams (MUM-T).

The Army aims to build a next-generation Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) that can be networked with up to four unmanned Remote Combat Vehicles (RCVs) and their assorted sensor/weapons payloads – and, in turn, networked with the broader force and command structure. For this to work, a secure communications network is paramount.

The MPU5 with its Wave Relay mobile ad hoc networking (MANET) was previously selected by the Next Generation Combat Vehicle cross functional team (NGCV-CFT) and the Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC) as the MANET network of choice for RCV Phase 1 and has been under evaluation by the Army for over a year.

According to the company, Persistent's MPU5 forms a scalable, peer-to-peer network that does not rely on external communications infrastructure to operate or run through a vulnerable central node. The MPU5, which has already been deployed on various unmanned platforms, has an onboard Android computer, and a 3×3 MIMO configuration, a built-in HD video encoder/decoder.

 

 

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