III.E.10. Range Extension. Directly support the Army C4 modernization "key azimuth" of Range Extension (Army Modernization Plan, page E-6). This will be achieved by the development and integration of several specific technologies. It will identify and develop key technologies required for airborne applications of a suite of communications packages, designing and integrating specific systems, and conducting system tests and demonstrations. This will be used to demonstrate intra-theatre communications range extension (up to 400 miles) at a variety of data rates. Major technology areas to be addressed are: airborne payload (including antennas) designs, ground terminal adaptations, interoperability/compatibility, and simulation. These technologies will be used to supplement current (and programmed) SATCOM resources at all frequency bands, providing the flexibility to support a broad range of general and mission specific applications. SATCOM terminals will be augmented and enhanced to provide the capability of communicating via satellite and/or airborne platforms. Additionally, the utility of SATCOM terminals will be extended by improvements to reduce size and weight, increasing throughput and mobility, and implementing emerging techniques such as DAMA. System design will be supported by enhancing CECOMs in-house satellite link analysis (SATLAB) capability and a Communications Range Extension Testbed will be developed to provide an adaptable testing environment. Major milestones include development of the Range Extension Test Bed and a Tracking and Reporting System (TRS) in FY96, demonstration of the SHF Surrogate Satellite System by FY98, and demonstration of UAV-based EHF and airborne battlefield paging in FY99.
Supports: Army C4 Modernization, JPO UAV TIER II Program, ARPA TIER II+ Program, Joint Precision Strike.
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|MAJ Frank Pinkney||Carolyn Nash||Tom Mims|