The Army awarded a technology services company a $5.4 million contract to provide assured communications for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle replacement.
Dubbed the optionally manned fighting vehicle, or OMFV, the system is part of the service's next-generation combat vehicle effort headed by a cross-functional team in Army Futures Command. The portfolio also includes robotic vehicles that will work alongside manned counterparts and is one of the service's top six modernization priorities.
Brian Soles, Persistent Systems' vice president for business and government programs and business strategy, said the company is making the existing communications network more robust in contested environments under the contract. The network is dubbed "wave relay" and can also be integrated in unmanned aerial systems and manned aircraft if needed, he noted.
"Whether it's dense, urban [or] any other environment that our forces would be operating in, including the subterranean space, we do extremely well in providing a scalable, high-throughput network that can maintain its integrity while it's moving around the battlefield," he said.
The contract focuses on improving ground communication links between optionally manned fighting vehicles and robotic combat vehicles, he noted.
"It is to help the Army develop a more assured link of communications that would be even more resilient in a contested environment," Soles said.
The company's MPU5 mobile ad hoc device is the system that provides access to wave relay, he explained. The service has already been using MPU5 for other robotic projects...