$390 Million C3 Technology Program Transforming How Info Is Sent to the Battlefield

by Greg Giaquinto, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

The U.S. Army is planning to spend more than $390 million over the next decade on its C3 Technology program.  This focus of this program is on improving the Army’s ability to transport information to the battlefield.  Specifically, this R&D program explores communications technologies, command and control technologies, electronics components and sub-components, and software that can provide the Army with enhanced capabilities for secure, mobile, networked communications, and assured information delivery. 

Among current activities, this program is designing and maturing a smart switching system for distributed antenna arrays, enabling higher output power, interoperability, and improved link connectivity for satellite communications.

In the future, the program will investigate a virtual capability to supply staff-like functionality to the commander.  In another effort, it will demonstrate, in a lab, antennas and antenna arrays that provide improved communications and reliability through EW-jammed environments.

FI’s eight Electronic Systems Market Intelligence Services cover the full range of defense-related systems and programs in the radar, communications, electro-optical, and electronic warfare markets, presenting a comprehensive market outlook for current equipment as well as new systems being developed as the modern battlefield moves toward a technology-based warfare approach with network-centric capabilities.

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