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Friday, Oct 21, 2016

Contract for Development of Tactical Aircraft Transponder Simulation System

  • NuWaves Partners with ViaSat to Accurately Simulate the RF Signal Environment

NuWaves Engineering, a veteran-owned small business providing advanced radio frequency (RF) and microwave solutions, today announced a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I contract with the U.S. Army's Redstone Test Center (RTC) to research and develop a Mode 5 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) simulation and RF injection system.

NuWaves has partnered with ViaSat, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global broadband services and technology company that is a market leader in RF signal environment generation, for the SBIR research and development project. The team will leverage ViaSat's VRG-1000 IFF Environment Generator product to develop a solution that allows for the injection of up to 1,000 simulated tactical aircraft into a passive Mode 5 receiver in order to enhance the capability of the U.S. Army's Joint Scalable Tactical Emulated Network (JSTEN). The six-month Phase I project will involve research and development activities, including the preliminary design of a new linear RF power amplifier. A four-month Phase I Option and 24-month Phase II phase, both to be funded per the U.S. Army's discretion, would allow for an operational prototype system to be fully designed, developed, built, tested, demonstrated and delivered to the U.S. Army.

"NuWaves looks forward to working with ViaSat to help improve and enhance the U.S. Army's ability to accurately simulate a critical mass of tactical aircraft," said Jeff Wells, president and CEO of NuWaves Engineering. "Our team is poised to deliver a high-performance, high-value IFF simulation and stimulation solution in support of the warfighter."

"The world's RF signal environment continues to get more complex, putting more pressure on the ability of today's communication systems to perform in the midst of extreme signal depth and diversity," said Ken Peterman, senior vice president and general manager, Government Systems Division, ViaSat. "In working with NuWaves, we can further advance the Mark XIIA IFF testing capabilities of the VRG-1000, and provide a dense, realistic IFF environment that will reduce the cost of flight testing."

ViaSat's Radio Frequency Generator, VRG-1000, includes an industry-leading 50 independent IFF interrogator and 25 independent transponder platforms. The portable test set brings high-density signal testing on-location to your installed or in-development IFF system, to replicate crowded airspace and reduce flight test time by evaluating a system in a lab.

Source : ViaSat, Inc. - view original press release

Published on ASDNews: Sep 21, 2016


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