Collins Aerospace has demonstrated a new directional communication system to enable connectivity in the Combined Joint All Domain Command and Control (CJADC2) battlespace.

The demonstration was a part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)’s Pheme project.

Collins’ technology is developed to enable small platforms such as uncrewed aerial systems to communicate covertly in battlefields or other contested environments.

Conventional communication systems radiate energy in several directions, which increases the risk of detection and interference.

However, the directional communication system uses 5G technology to emit energy only in the direction of the receivers, which significantly restricts the ability of adversaries to access communications.

During the demonstration, the technology enabled video and control data exchange between an airborne radio in a 5in pod and a ground radio with minimal detection.

This technology is expected to help military forces make better decisions based on increased situational awareness and ground data.

Collins Aerospace Communication, Navigation and Guidance Solutions vice-president and general manager Ryan Bunge said: “This demonstration represents a significant step forward in enabling platforms to operate in contested environments in a very aggressive SWaP envelope.

“For decades we’ve leveraged our expertise to develop and deliver open, modular communications and connectivity systems in all form factors that will help our customers keep pace with evolving threats and technologies across multiple platforms.”

A unit of Raytheon Technologies, Collins Aerospace focuses on developing technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defence industry.

Last month, it opened a new Customer Experience Center to support crucial US Army Aviation initiatives.