Silvus Technologies has completed work under a $3m Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) contract for network modernisation at the US Army.

The contract was funded through the National Spectrum Consortium (NSC) and sponsored by the US Army’s Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T).

Entitled ‘MANET for Congested and Contested Environments (MAN-CC)’, the 12-month effort enabled a targeted evolution of the StreamCaster software-defined radio and Mobile Networked MIMO (MN-MIMO) waveform.

It delivers mobile ad hoc networking (MANET) for congested and contested environments.

The commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) TRL9 radio StreamCaster combines networking, high throughput physical layer processing, intuitive user interface, and well-vetted hardware and software.

Silvus noted that the MAN-CC effort improved StreamCaster with three new features.

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Features include Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) certified encryption for the protected transmission of secret information and anti-jam capabilities in the MANET waveform to conduct operations in a congested and contested electromagnetic spectrum.

A spectrum sensor application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) for radio frequency (RF) situational awareness also helped to improve StreamCaster.

MAN-CC aligns with the US Army’s overarching effort to incorporate commercial capabilities into its tactical network, which is in the process of covering gaps to enable a primary, alternate, contingency and emergency (PACE) plan for soldiers who face challenges with contested or congested environments.

The effort event included a field-based risk reduction (FBRR) for validating the contract deliverables and culminated in a technical feasibility assessment (TFA).

During the assessment, soldiers from the US Army’s 82nd Airborne deployed the equipment to support the Mobility Guardian Exercise at Yakima Training Center.

In March last year, Harris selected Silvus for the delivery of its StreamCaster SC4200 radios to support the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) Project Starter.