The US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has awarded TrellisWare Technologies a USD40 million contract to supply force components with Mobile Ad Hoc Network (MANET) communications solutions, in what could be the first signs of the mass proliferation of the technology across the defence market.
The award follows several years of smaller contracts in the defence sector with industry sources explaining to Jane’s how previous procurements had been completed on far smaller scales, sometimes as low as 20 units in size.
TrellisWare Technologies, which is already contracted to USSOCOM to integrate its TSM-X MANET waveform on board the SOF Tactical Communications (STC) Next Generation Handheld (NGHH) and Next Generation Manpack (NGMP) solutions over the next five years, will supply the Tampa-based command with “Advanced Tactical Scalable Mobile Ad-hoc Network radio systems in support of the Special Operations Forces Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Center”.
Speaking to Jane’s , TrellisWare Technologies’ vice-president of global business development, Matt Fallows, explained how this latest contract would include the delivery of specialist communications systems drawn from the company’s “TrellisWare radio family that runs the TSM-X waveform”.
According to Fallows, TSM-X provides double the throughput over legacy options for single hop traffic as well as “quadrupling” throughput for multihop traffic and multicast streaming of multiple high definition devices, with capability to provide simultaneous voice, position location information (PLI), and data for networks measuring more than 200 users.
TrellisWare’s family of tactical and software defined radios includes the TW-130 WildCat II, TW-225 CheetahNet Mini, TW-400 CUB, TW-850 TSM Ghost, and the latest addition to the inventory, the TW-950 TSM Shadow.
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