Army issues call for resilient SATCOM white papers
On October 28, the U.S. Army issued a call for white papers on the Next Generation of Tactical Terminals for Resilient Tactical SATCOM. White papers are due no later than 3:00 p.m. Eastern on December 1.
The United States Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC), Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) Center Engineering & Systems Integration (ESI) Directorate is issuing this call for white papers in association with Topic #S1812 SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS (SATCOM) Resiliency Technologies.
Today the Army’s tactical SATCOM network utilizes Geosynchronous Equatorial Orbit (GEO) satellites to deliver services to the warfighter. This legacy capability allows Army commanders to perform command and control duties while on the move (OTM) in ground tactical vehicles. Future US Army’s SATCOM solution will add resiliency for operations by incorporating emerging Low Earth Orbit (LEO), Medium Earth Orbit (MEO), and GEO High Throughput Satellite (HTS) services into this network.
This data call is focused on the development of a SATCOM terminal that can operate on multiple constellations, to potentially include while OTM. The anticipated deliverable to be addressed in the requested WP, is one or more TRL 6 prototype satellite ground terminals, which will be tested and demonstrated over live satellites, mounted to an Army tactical vehicle.
CCDC C5ISR Center, ESI is interested in receiving white papers on the above topic from companies that have a successful track record developing SATCOM solutions, to potentially include OTM solutions, that can develop new tactical terminals to operate across satellite service providers and satellite constellations. The identified technology solution(s) discussed in the WP should start at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 3 or higher to be considered. The end state of the identified solution should be a demonstration/proof of concept prototype system at TRL 6 that can be tested and verified in U.S. Army specific tactical environments and then transitioned and integrated with an Army Program of Record.
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