The US Army has awarded a $2m Phase 2.5 small business innovation research (SBIR) grant to Scalable Network Technologies, a Los Angeles-based parallel processing technology service provider.

The contract aims to create an enterprise solution for network communications simulation for JTRS Ground Mobile Radio testing, training and experimentation.

The integrated technology will enable real physical networks to connect seamlessly with software virtual networks.

The deal includes leveraging the JTRS Modelling & Evaluation Environment that SNT developed under Phase I and II SBIRs to create live-virtual-constructive test architecture to accurately verify and validate the operations of thousands of on-the-move radios used by troops.

The contract is jointly sponsored by several agencies: the US Army Test and Evaluation Command, the Joint Tactical Radio System, Program Executive Office, PM Future Combat Systems, Modeling & Simulation Office and the Training and Doctrine Command.

The SBIR is scheduled for completion in October 2010.