Military Embedded Systems

Army research to address network and sensor processing challenges


November 06, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

U.S. Army photo.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. The U.S. Army awarded contracts to nine small businesses and nonprofit research institution partners to continue developing technologies to address military challenges. As part of the Phase II Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR), each team will receive up to $1.1 million and will spend between six and 18 months developing a demonstration prototype.

Officials claim that the STTR program focuses primarily on feasibility studies leading to prototype demonstration of technology for specific applications. The three-phase program requires a small business to collaborate with a research institution, typically a university or nonprofit research institution.

The Army Research Lab claims that the 10 selected Phase II projects primarily support the Army Modernization Priority, Network, which aims to address the warfighter's need to command and control forces distributed across terrain, converge effects from multiple domains, and maintain a common situational understanding in multi-domain operations.

The seven categories of network operations the projects hopes to address include: interference and jamming of high frequency radios, position navigation without GPS, phased-array antennas for extremely high-frequency satellite communications, millimeter waveforms for tactical networking, edge sensor processing, adaptable tactical communications, and standoff electronic denial.


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