RF-over-Fiber Links for the JTRS GMR

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$959,842.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00039-11-C-0005
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N072-149-0127
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
N07-149
Solicitation Number:
2007.2
Small Business Information
9160 Red Branch Road, Columbia, MD, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
113489319
Principal Investigator:
Steven Gemeny
Director Technology Proje
(410) 884-0500
steve.gemeny@syntonicscorp.com
Business Contact:
Edward O'Malley
VP, Finance and Administr
(410) 884-0500
Ed.Omalley@syntonicscorp.com
Research Institution:
Stub




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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