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5G++ - Adapting 5G for Tactical mmWave Networks

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-21-C-0015
Agency Tracking Number: A2-8500
Amount: $1,100,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A19C-T002
Solicitation Number: 19.C
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-02-26
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-08-26
Small Business Information
15400 Calhoun Drive Suite 190
Rockville, MD 20855-2814
United States
DUNS: 161911532
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Tugba Erpek
 (301) 294-4246
Business Contact
 Mark James
Phone: (301) 294-5221
Research Institution
 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
 Lauren Magruder
460 Old Turner Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0203
United States

 (540) 231-8054
 Nonprofit College or University

5G technology is targeting very high throughput, low power, and low latency, which are expected to benefit not only commercial but also tactical communications. Operating in millimeter wave (mmWave) bands provides high bandwidths to meet the ever-growing throughput demands of emerging tactical applications in shared spectrum environments. However, 5G waveform, as it is, does not satisfy Army’s requirements on jamming resistance, low probability of interception/low probability of detection (LPI/LPD), and security as well as support of device-to-device (D2D) ad-hoc networking mode without relying on cellular infrastructure. Novel sets of algorithms across physical, link/MAC and network layers need to be implemented on mmWave software-defined radio (SDR) platforms along with 5G protocol stack and extensively tested to accelerate the transfer of 5G benefits to the tactical domain. To address this critical need, we propose to develop 5G++ as a mmWave radio prototype that adapts 5G to tactical domain by incorporating jamming resistance, improved LPI/LPD, and secure network communications.

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