Low-power-cost-weight, rapidly-Installable, Medium-Range Interplane Communications Capability (LIMRICC)

Period of Performance: 09/25/2014 - 09/23/2016

$750K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

First RF Corp.
5340 Airport Blvd. Array
Boulder, CO 80301
Principal Investigator

Abstract

ABSTRACT: The current lack of a simple, low-cost, and high bandwidth communication system on C2ISR (Command and Control, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) aircraft prevents the Air Force from realizing the full capability of its airborne reconnaissance and surveillance assets. The synergy between different sensor platforms will provide enhanced battlefield awareness as well as enhanced net-centric, collaborative targeting. Until now, the upgrade cost and complexity has prevented the Air Force from fielding a long-term, adequate solution. FIRST RF proposes an innovative multi-band antenna system that provides a rapid response to the Air Force s needs by utilizing existing antenna mounting locations. Furthermore, FIRST RF s solution will supplement, not remove the existing antenna functionality. The additional antenna bands provided can then enable a solution that is tailored to the current situation s demands. The Phase II program will demonstrate FIRST RF s unique ability to develop a solution without sacrificing cost or schedule. BENEFIT: The multi-band antenna system proposed by FIRST RF will enable rapid communication between various C2ISR aircraft. The synergy between different sensor platforms will provide enhanced battlefield awareness as well as enhanced net-centric, collaborative targeting. By designing the system to use existing antenna s mounting locations, these benefits can be realized with minimal cost to the war fighter.