The Air Force is searching for better methods to connect airborne platforms, according to an Air Force Research Laboratory-Information Directorate broad area announcement.
“The intent is to expand the Global Information grid (GIG) to connect three major domains of warfare: air, space, and terrestrial,” said the announcement.
More specifically, the $25 million, five-year project is seeking “a transportable network, flexible enough to communicate with any air, space, or ground asset in the area. The network will provide a beyond line-of-sight communications infrastructure that can be packed up and moved in and out of the designated battle-space, enabling the military to have a reliable and secure communications network that extends globally.
“The network is designed to be flexible enough to provide the right communication and network packages for a specific region, mission, or technology.”
Possible research areas include airborne network architecture, information transport between platforms, interoperability with the GIG and advanced tactical data links.