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United States : NEXGEN Communications wins $8.4 M contract by Air Force Research Laboratory

August 23, 2014



The Air Force has given a contract to design a miniaturized secure radio transmitter and receiver

NEXGEN Communications got an $8.4 million deal by the Air Force Research Laboratory to develop prototype Miniaturized Receiver Transmitter (mRXTX) modules, according to a Department of Defense contract declaration.

The modules are developed to fulfill Computational Leverage Against Surveillance Systems (CLASS) needs. "The CLASS program requires an integrated transmit and receive module capable of performing wideband self-filtering for frequency division duplexing with high dynamic range and efficiency, which this effort will provide," the Department of Defense said.

CLASS is a DARPA venture targeted at creating more secure radio signals, according to the agency's description. The aim is to design modular radio technology that costs less than $100 to incorporate into existing and future radio equipment, but forces eavesdroppers to use supercomputers to break the signals.

DARPA is looking at three ways of securing signals. They involve more complex waveforms, spatial diversity that uses distributed communications to "disguise and dynamically vary the apparent location of the signal," and interference exploitation that "makes use of the clutter in the signal environment to make it difficult for an adversary to isolate a particular signal."


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Source: TendersInfo (India)


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