Annex A. Science And Technology Objectives (STOs)
Army Science and Technology Master Plan (ASTMP 1997)

III.Q.02. Theater Laser Communications. Develop and demonstrate critical technologies required for a theater laser communications network. This activity will transition technologies developed under BMDO to tactical Army applications. Technologies will provide up to a 50x increase in throughput for communications links, at one-third the power and with low probability of intercept/jam. Potential applications include Airbourne reconnaissance missions (manned and unmanned aircraft and aerostatic vehicles) where large communications bandwidth is required at low volume, weight, and power. Other possible applications include helicopter-to-helicopter, helicopter-to-ground, and ground-to-ground communications from point to point. In FY96, conduct a study to determine the viability of using this laser communications technology for space-to-ground links. In FY97, demonstrate air-to-ground laser communications link using existing BMDO terminals. In FY98, demonstrate space-to-ground link using BMDO satellite platform. In FY99, integrate into Battle Command Battle Lab and Depth and Simultaneous Attack Battle Lab for evaluation and requirement generation.

Supports: Battle Command Battle Lab and Depth and Simultaneous Attack Battle Lab.

George Edlin Ron Norris Tom Mims
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