RF-over-Fiber Links for the JTRS GMR

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00039-11-C-0005
Agency Tracking Number: N072-149-0127
Amount: $959,842.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-149
Solicitation Number: 2007.2
Small Business Information
Syntonics LLC
9160 Red Branch Road, Columbia, MD, -
DUNS: 113489319
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Steven Gemeny
 Director Technology Proje
 (410) 884-0500
 steve.gemeny@syntonicscorp.com
Business Contact
 Edward O'Malley
Title: VP, Finance and Administr
Phone: (410) 884-0500
Email: Ed.Omalley@syntonicscorp.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
The Joint Tactical Radio System, Ground Mobile Radios (JTRS GMR) enables two revolutions: (1) Wide-area tactical communications; (2) Survivability of C3 assets. Prototype hardware that triggers these revolutions is delivered under this project. A radio and its antenna have been necessarily collocated since their invention more than 100 years ago. The length of radio-antenna connections is limited by Ohmic loss in the coaxial cable and this limitation gets rapidly worse as the operating frequency increases. The short radio-antenna distance creates two limitations that are ingrained in tactical communications doctrine: (1) Tactical communication links are truncated by obstructions and terrain, while Beyond-Line-of-Sight (BLOS) links require satellite communications (SATCOM) equipment. (2) Survivability of a modern command center is degraded by its antennas, which declare"Here I am!"to everyone with eyeballs or direction finding (DF) equipment. The JTRS JPEO has an opportunity to radically revise these two limitations by extending the existing GMR system with new RF-over-fiber technology. The proposed effort develops RF-over-fiber links for the GMR system and delivers two sets of prototype hardware. The anticipated result is two simultaneous doctrinal revolutions in wide-area communications and survivability.

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