DARPA contracts Leidos for Phase II of SSPARC programme

5 November 2015 (Last Updated November 5th, 2015 18:30)

The US Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has contracted Leidos (LDOS) for Phase II of the Shared Spectrum Access for Radar and Communications (SSPARC) programme.

The US Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has contracted Leidos (LDOS) for Phase II of the Shared Spectrum Access for Radar and Communications (SSPARC) programme.

The $14m contract has an 11-month base period, and comes with an 11-month option.

Leidos will validate physical radar and communications systems by conducting laboratory testing and a field demonstration.

After a successful demonstration, the algorithms developed will enable increased radio frequency spectrum availability for both radar and communications systems.

Leidos Group president John Fratamico said: "We look forward to providing DARPA with real-time radio frequency management expertise to assist with the expansion of spectrum-sharing between radar, military radios, and commercial wireless systems."

"We look forward to providing DARPA with real-time radio frequency management expertise."

Work under the contract will be carried out primarily in Arlington, Virginia, US.

The SSPARC programme seeks to improve radar and communications capabilities through spectrum-sharing.

This project aims to develop new sharing technology that enables sufficient spectrum access within a desirable range below 6GHz.

The programme aims to support spectrum-sharing between military radars and both military and commercial communications systems.

Phase I involved the development of two interference mitigation mechanisms, coordinated frequency hopping, and main beam avoidance to allow shorter minimum stand-off distances.