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TRX Adds Jammer Finder Capability to NEON PT-MIL Solution

Sunday, January 22nd, 2023

New jammer finding function and expanded threat mapping features enable dismounted soldiers to proactively respond to navigational warfare (NAVWAR) attacks.

NEON PT-MIL Jammer Finder Capability

GREENBELT, Md.

TRX Systems, developer of NEON® GPS-denied location solutions, announced today the availability of expanded NAVWAR capabilities for its NEON PT-MIL solution that enable warfighters to proactively mitigate threats in contested environments. NEON PT-MIL now includes an automated jammer finder function that empowers warfighters to uncover the direction of NAVWAR threats using a low SWaP solution optimized for dismounted soldiers.

NEON PT-MIL helps warfighters maintain effective mission execution, even when they are operating in environments where GPS/GNSS signals are unreliable or intentionally denied. By fusing inputs from inertial sensors, GNSS signals, ultra-wideband (UWB), and other constraints, NEON PT-MIL can detect and eliminate unreliable or compromised GNSS data while providing an alternative source of positioning information for dismounted soldiers.

NEON PT-MIL can also be equipped to rapidly detect and map jamming and spoofing attacks. TRX Systems initially developed these advanced features through a U.S. Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO) program designed to extend NAVWAR functionality to the dismounted warfighter. NEON PT-MIL now accepts assured GPS as well as GNSS data from external devices, such as the widely deployed Defense Advanced GPS Receiver (DAGR) and the Orolia Defense & Security (ODS) BroadSense Nano, to compute and deliver a fused position and, when detected, a NAVWAR threat indication.

Dismounted soldiers can readily leverage the NEON PT-MIL NAVWAR capabilities through standardized interfaces with the DAGR. And with access to the DAGR’s PLI data, NEON PT-MIL can now propagate DAGR military-grade positioning information to other warfighters on the team via its embedded UWB ranging and communications interface.

The new release of NEON PT-MIL includes an automated jammer finding function that allows warfighters to proactively respond to jamming threats. Using the GPS jamming indications available from a connected GNSS or GPS source (e.g., connected DAGR, ODS BroadSense NANO), NEON PT-MIL can derive a line of bearing (LOB) to an enemy jammer and display it within the warfighter’s ATAK user interface.

“Our NEON PT-MIL solution delivers threat information for warfighters and an alternative for effective positioning that enables them to stay on mission even in situations where adversaries have corrupted GNSS signals through jamming or spoofing attacks,” said Carol Politi, CEO of TRX Systems. “With its new jammer finder capabilities and standardized interfaces to DAGR devices, warfighters can further leverage PT-MIL to locate and mitigate those NAVWAR threats.”

NEON PT-MIL with the jammer finding function is available in beta versions for field testing now and will be generally available in Q2 2023.

Boston Dynamics Joins Persistent Systems Wave Relay Ecosystem

Wednesday, January 18th, 2023

• Persistent Systems networking devices to be sold with robots intended for defense, public safety applications

• Spot® quadruped robot equipped with the Persistent Systems MPU5 is well suited to keep responding teams out of harm’s way during a wide range of potentially hazardous environments and situations

NEW YORK, Jan. 17, 2023 — Persistent Systems, LLC (“Persistent”), a leader in mobile ad hoc networking (MANET) technology, announced today that mobile robotics company Boston Dynamics has joined Persistent’s Wave Relay® Ecosystem.

The Ecosystem is an industry alliance of unmanned system and sensor producers all using the Wave Relay® MANET as their preferred network for command-and-control and communications. As part of its agreement with Boston Dynamics, Persistent will supply the MANET devices used on robots sold to defense, public safety, law enforcement and U.S. federal government customers.

“We are excited to have Boston Dynamics join our Ecosystem,” said Jeremy Hickman, Director of Business Development for Persistent Systems. “We believe that our MANET technology will provide their robots with a high-performance solution that is robust, reliable and scalable—and also enables interoperability with third-party unmanned and sensor platforms.”

Boston Dynamics officials noted that they see the new Ecosystem agreement with Persistent Systems as a way of better positioning the company’s robotic quadruped Spot for industries requiring dedicated, secure communications networks in remote environments.

“We see Spot, operating on a Persistent Systems MANET, being used in many different applications, including subterranean or confined space exploration, unexploded ordnance inspection, suspicious package investigation, hazardous gas detection, search and rescue, and structural inspection,” said Kimberly Chamblin, Director of Partnerships, Public Sector, at Boston Dynamics.

In addition to MANET hardware being physically integrated with Boston Dynamics robots, robotic command-and-control software will be loaded onto Persistent Systems devices so that users can control them via the Persistent Systems Remote Display and Controller (RDC).

“So, not only will you be able to stream sensor data collected by Spot, but you will also be able to control its movement with the RDC,” Hickman said. “This configuration both empowers the users and reduces the need for each unmanned system to have its own unique controller.”

For more information about Persistent’s MANET solutions, visit our website: www.persistentsystems.com.

DISCUS from DISCO32

Friday, January 6th, 2023

Simply put, DISCUS enables you to make phone calls, listen to music, or interact with Bluetooth-enabled devices using a military-style comms headset.

DISCUS plugs inline between the radio and headset, or can operate independently of a PTT to provide Bluetooth connectivity to the headset (i.e., DISCUS can pair with a Bluetooth device without a two-way radio present).

Additionally, it automatically adjusts audio levels to prioritize radio traffic over audio received from a Bluetooth source.

DISCUS is powered by one CR-123 battery, which provides up to 48 hours of life.

If you have been on the fence about it, now is the time to order. Prices for everything are going up from suppliers of raw materials and DISCO32 is are waiting as long as they can to pass that cost on. There are a few bundles left with 2022 Amp pricing attached.

DISCO32.com

Fielding the Radios of the Future with MARCORSYSCOM

Tuesday, December 27th, 2022

QUANTICO, Va. —

As recent developments in distant battlefields have shown, successful military operations rely on resilient communication architectures capable of closing kill chains in austere environments.

In order to maintain fleet lethality, Marine Corps Systems Command is working on fielding a state-of-the-art multichannel handheld radio system that mitigates against peer adversary threats and enables Marines to quickly add new waveforms and enhanced capabilities to address evolving requirements.

“The Multichannel radio family of systems will provide the [Fleet Marine Force] with an enhanced capability that increases resiliency and survivability through network interoperability during missions involving both ground and vehicular-based forces,” said Richard Sessions, program manager for communications systems at MARCORSYSCOM. “These new radios will provide the fleet with many new options in configuring communications and network pathways while leveraging newer, more secure waveforms.”

Ultimately, this effort will help further the Department of Defense’s 2022 National Defense Strategy, which calls for preserving command, control, and communications in a fast-paced battlefield. Furthermore, it falls in line with the Department’s Joint All-Domain Command and Control Implementation Plan – or JADC2—a “warfighting necessity to keep pace with the volume and complexity of data in modern warfare and to defeat adversaries decisively.”

 “What I really appreciate about the team is their investment. It’s something I see from government, civilians, and contractors alike…”

Lt. Col. Joshua Kapp, product manager for ground radios

“Fielding a tactical radio that allows data to be transmitted helps advance JADC2 because the framework itself requires connectivity at all levels. In order to fully realize this vision across the Department of Defense, our team has worked tirelessly to develop a radio that closes communications links between the Corps and the joint forces; prevents communications from being compromised; ensures resiliency; and operates on the right waveforms,” said Lt. Col. Joshua Kapp, product manager for ground radios.

But as Kapp knows well, one of the first steps in creating a modern communication architecture is acquiring – and sustaining — tactical ground radios that operate on reliable, secure, and flexible communication networks. In today’s defense landscape, these systems operate on high-frequency, ultrahigh-frequency, very high-frequency bands, satellite communications and multiband radios.

“Collectively, our mission is to field and sustain tactical radio equipment that enables command and control and the situational awareness at echelons and elements across the MAGTF and provides a line of sight beyond line-of-sight secure voice data,” Kapp said in a recent MARCORSYSCOM podcast. “It’s a long way of saying that we cover all of the tactical radios in the Marine Corps.”

Acquiring the correct systems to ensure the lethality of the modern warfighter is no easy task – especially when the team must maintain the 85,000 radios currently owned by the Corps, in addition to fielding an additional 34,000 radios over the next five years.

“We’re in a consistent cycle of contract prep and award, product testing, software and firmware updates, technological evaluations, waveform development, FMF engagement, and support and sustainment efforts,” Kapp noted. “Without a doubt, we also spend a considerable amount of time doing commodity management and integration activities across the Command and [other] Services.”

According to Sessions, fielding of the new multichannel handheld radios will begin in the first quarter of fiscal year 2024.

Driving a highly professional acquisitions program has also benefited the Corps, however, and Sessions was quick to note that the recent industry contract for handheld multichannel radios ended up saving the Corps millions of dollars.

“We’re talking about an initial savings of $82 million. Beyond that, we’ve negotiated 10 years of support and an agreement to allow our Marines to do Level 3 maintenance without voiding our warranty. That isn’t something a radio vendor has allowed before,” Sessions noted.

But Kapp believes his team’s success wouldn’t be possible without the hard work and dedication of his team members — many of whom are Marine Corps veterans.

“What I really appreciate about the team is their investment. It’s something I see from government, civilians, and contractors alike. What you may not know, however, is that the vast majority of my team is made up of past Marines. They have children, brothers and sisters who are still serving,” Kapp said.

“Inevitably, this means that they bring a ton of dedication into the work that they do. It’s not just about being successful… there’s true passion behind the work they do because they know what the end result is.”

Editor’s note: Learn more about Marine Corps ground radio acquisition efforts on MARCORSYSCOM’s Equipping the Corps podcast, featuring Lt. Col. Josh Kapp, here: www.dvidshub.net/audio/71291/equipping-corps-s2-e4-ground-radios-with-maj-joshua-kapp

Johannes Schmidt, Marine Corps Systems Command

Photos by Cpl Nghia Tran and LCpl Brendan Mullin

Conlog Group Receives Finnish Defence Force Communications Contract

Tuesday, December 13th, 2022

Monday 12 December, 2022: Conlog Group announces that it has been selected by the Finnish Defence Forces for the design, implementation, documentation, use and maintenance of containerised communication stations.

The self-contained stations will allow Finnish forces to maintain communications in challenging environments.

Over the lifetime of the contact if all options are exercised the value of the project will amount to €39.1 million. In terms of workload, it will equate to 113 person-years per annum to the company.

Announcing the contract CEO of Conlog Group, Juha Moisio, said: “This is a major contract for Conlog Group and shows that when it comes to building transportable installations that can meet the most challenging of environments then it is Conlog that the Finnish Defence Forces trust.”

“One of the advantages we have is that our engineers all know the type of environments in which military personnel need to deploy as nearly all of us have undertaken military service at some point. That means that we can combine real world experience of operations to ensure that each and every solution we design meets those real-world requirements,” he added.

The solution being developed for the Finnish Defence Forces is based on one of Conlog Group’s main product lines – its containerised communications installations – but will be further developed to meet the specific requirements of the Finnish Defence Forces.

USMC Selects Silvus MANET Radios and MN-MIMO Waveform for Networking On-the-Move Mobile Communications System

Wednesday, December 7th, 2022

$5 Million Award Enables USMC’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicles with Spectrum Dominance Capabilities

Los Angeles, California (December 6, 2022) – Silvus Technologies, Inc. (“Silvus”) today announced that the United States Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) has selected Silvus StreamCaster 4400 MANET radios for use in the Networking On-the-Move (NOTM) communications system for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) and Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV). After a competitive selection process, StreamCaster MANET radios were selected to be a critical piece of the NOTM mobile communications architecture due to their ability to create a self-organizing mesh network across multiple spectrum bands at high data rates. The StreamCaster 4400 is the first MANET radio added into the NOTM mobile communication system, with the USMC awarding Silvus a $5 million contract for StreamCaster radio procurement.

The StreamCaster 4400 MANET radio will enable the Marine Air-Ground Task Force to access satellite communications, connect and network dispersed vehicles, airborne assets and dismounted units and enable the warfighter to employ NOTM to transmit critical information to commanders and increase situational awareness in hostile environments.

In addition, all StreamCaster radios acquired by MCSC include Silvus’ proprietary Mobile Networked MIMO (MN-MIMO) waveform with Spectrum Dominance features to enable operations in congested and contested spectrum environments.

“As the Department of Defense increases integration of MANET radios into the Joint All-Domain Command & Control Communications architecture, enabling USMC’s NOTM communications system is a significant milestone for Silvus,” said Chris Nigon, Senior Director of Navy, Marine, and Air Force Programs at Silvus. “With this contract award, we are proud that our StreamCaster MANET radios and MN-MIMO waveform with advanced Spectrum Dominance capabilities will become an essential piece of the NOTM mobile communications system, putting high-performance wireless networking capabilities in the hands of our Marines.”

Learn more about the StreamCaster family of radios and MN-MIMO waveform on the Silvus website and follow Silvus on LinkedIn.

Juggernaut Case Improves Customer Experience

Thursday, December 1st, 2022

Juggernaut Case recently launched a new website which makes it a lot easier to find the right case for your device and use.

Aside from the cleaner design and updated imagery, you’ll find navigation based on customer type. For example, if you’re shopping for cases, you can shop by device brand (Apple, Samsung, etc) or activity. There’s also an option to navigate for Protect (cases), Mount, or Connect (cables).

Government Procurement personnel such as Military, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Agency, Industry resellers/integrators can navigate within a dedicated menu.

There’s also a way to access Design Services for custom development info/requests.

Coming soon to the site: dedicated login account portal for resellers, integrators, gov contractors for tracking order history, quote generation, price lists, etc.

juggernautcase.com

VS-17 Type Signaling Panels from WTF

Tuesday, November 29th, 2022

WTF are pleased to introduce two VS-17 inspired signaling panels.  The first is a square Red Cross & VS-17 Type Signaling Panel at 4.0 oz / 114g and 27″ x 27″ (68xm x 68cm).  Red Cross on white background on one side, orange/pink rectangles on the other side.

The second is a more traditional rectangle at 4.9oz / 140g and 28″ x 34″ (71cm x 86cm).  Neon pink on side and blaze orange on the other.

Both panels have a total of four (4) 3/4″ 5038 nylon tie downs, one on each corner, ready to lash it down securely.  Panels are lightweight 200D fade and abrasion resistant nylon and stitched entirely with milspec, bonded nylon thread.  Panels are made in the USA with Berry compliant textiles.

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