Raytheon‘s Next Generation Mobile Ad hoc Networking Waveform (NMW) has been accepted by the US Department of Defense (Dod) into the nation’s Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) library.

Jeff Miller, Raytheon’s Network Centric Systems‘ business tactical communication systems director, said a key aspect of the NMW is that it is specifically designed to run on lower cost, reduced size and lower power consumption radios, while still delivering needed capability.

"Including our waveform provides easier access for other companies to port our waveform to their radios, fostering competition and supporting the US Army’s agile acquisition process," Miller added.

NMW supports simultaneous live streaming video, real-time situational awareness, and distribution of vital information from drones to commanders, in any environment.

The waveform has been developed over the last 12 years with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and has been designed to power the Mobile Ad hoc Interoperability Network Gateway (Maingate) family of high-performance radios.

MAINGATE features a two-channel, high-data rate and next-generation network-centric radio, which enables seamless battlefield connectivity using the Next Generation Mobile Ad hoc Networking Waveform and a gateway system.

The MAINGATE solution will replace the JTRS Ground Mobile Radio programme by serving as the backbone of the system, which will be used to connect ground sensors, unmanned ground vehicles and unmanned aircraft.

The system enables more than 30 different military and civil radios to communicate with one another, while concurrently providing a high-capacity mobile network.

Other incorporated technologies include disruption-tolerant networking, line-of-sight communications systems and multi-input, multi-output technology to improve performance in urban environments.

MAINGATE has been in operational use with deployed forces for more than two years, enabling them to communicate even when separated by trees and other obstacles.