Lockheed Martin is working on a capability that will map the electromagnetic spectrum using any system that has a radio frequency (RF) receiver as part of its primary function.
Radio Map networks together equipment so that any receiver in the field capable of monitoring the RF spectrum could be used to contribute to an overall picture of the spectrum, near real time, in the battlespace, Dr Mark Tracy, senior programme manager of advanced programmes of Rotary and Mission Systems for Lockheed Martin, told IHS Jane's.
"You are only limited by the types of devices you connect," he said. "The idea of having the ability to connect almost any receiver [is that] you are able to take advantage of economies of scale, so a given receiver may only be able to receive over a smaller frequency range of interest.
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