Defence network

Cobham announced today that it has been awarded $14.8m by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for the Wireless Network after Next programme.


Cobham announced today that it has been awarded $14.8m (£9.1m) by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for the Wireless Network after Next (WNaN) programme.



Under this cost plus fixed fee contract, Cobham Sensor Systems in Lowell, Massachusetts, will design, develop and demonstrate low-cost wireless network nodes which support adaptation by means of distributed network processing. A key element of the design is affordability, to allow wide deployment throughout the armed services.



According to Cobham, the radios will be demonstrated during follow-on field trials by the US Department of Defense in 2010.



Separately, Cobham was last week awarded a $3m contract modification from the US Navy to provide 37 additional AN/ALQ-99 Low Band Transmitters (LBTs) under Lot 2 of the programme’s Full Rate Production (FRP) phase.



Work under this contract will be performed by Cobham Sensor Systems in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Lot 2 deliveries are scheduled to begin in March 2011 and continue through to November 2011.



This award, a modification to the existing Lansdale FRP Lot 1 contract, brings the total number of LBTs ordered by the Navy to 157. The FRP Lot 1 contract for 51 systems was announced by Cobham in April 2009 with a value of $72m. The navy intends to buy a total of 292 LBTs. To date, 46 systems have been delivered.



LBT is designed to protect strike aircraft, ships and ground troops by disrupting enemy radar and communications. It is flown on US Navy and Marine Corps EA-6B aircraft, and is in use in Iraq.