Alion Awarded $4.5M to Support AFRL with R&D of Software-Based, Wireless Communications Systems

Alion Science and Technology , a global engineering, technology and operational solutions company, was awarded a $4.5 million contract to research, develop, test and evaluate (RDT&E) leading edge technologies for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) that will bring enhanced command and control battle management to warfighters.

Under the three-year Holistic Waveform Development Kit (HAWK) contract, Alion will design, develop, test and integrate services for the HAWK Advanced Waveform Development Environment Ecosystem (AWDEE), enabling rapid development of software-defined radio (SDR) waveforms. Alion’s work will support more flexibility for SDR systems, so that disparate radio networks can interoperate.

Alion will also provide RDT&E and experimentation to improve the FLEX Data Link, an architecture that supports multiple high-speed data transmissions – from radar and electronic warfare to signals intelligence – simultaneously.

“Warfighters operate in intensely dynamic environments, and voice and data connectivity play a significant role in the success of their missions. Alion’s agile development model will enable us to quickly deliver enhancements to key communications and RADAR-based systems,” said Chris Amos, Alion Senior Vice President and Manager of the Technology Solutions Group. “Research and development efforts under this contract will provide significant improvements in wireless communication data rates and also implement efficient and highly adaptive development processes that will provide cost benefits to AFRL for future improvements of communications and RADAR-based systems.”

The contract runs until Sept. 28, 2017.

Source: Alion Science and Technology Corp.
Date: Dec 4, 2014