Military Embedded Systems

Manned-unmanned teaming comms for Army to be supported by Persistent Systems


June 29, 2021

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

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NEW YORK, N.Y. Persistent Systems has announced that it has completed work on its $5.4 million contract with the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command C5ISR Center to develop protected communications for Manned-Unmanned Teams (MUM-T).

As part of the 18-month-long contract, Persistent claims it worked with the C5ISR Center's Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate to harden the company's mobile ad hoc networking (MANET) firmware, used in all its hardware devices, to counter jamming and hacking threats to MUM-T operations.

According to the company, the protections developed by Persistent are "always on", so no product configuration is required. The capability is a firmware upgrade, intended to be compatible with all of Persistent's Wave Relay MANET devices.

In addition to the hardened firmware, Persistent's work with the C5ISR Center has led to the design of the GVR5, a new dual-band MANET radio for combat vehicles. Developed in conjunction with General Dynamics Mission Systems, the GVR5 is engineered to operate on two frequency bands to enable continuous connectivity in RF-contested environments. 


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