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Manet Revisited

Military Vehicle Systems looks at DTC's MeshUltraTM and the latest company news

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Photo: © U.S. Army photo by Spc. Devin Klecan

Photo: © U.S. Army photo by Spc. Devin Klecan

In the last issue of Military Vehicle Systems we looked at MANET'S military applications and the security challenges and solutions.

While MANETs offer unparalleled flexibility, they also present unique security challenges, often operating in resource-constrained environments, making it difficult to implement dependable security measures without compromising performance. The absence of a centralised authority makes these networks susceptible to various threats and requires robust encryption measures to ensure their security. In this context, advanced encryption protocols such as Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and Interference Avoidance Scheme (IAS) become critical components to ensure the confidentiality and integrity of sensitive military communications.

DTC's unique IP mesh waveform family, MeshUltra™, is a self-healing capability allowing the network to adapt to changes in topology, addressing the challenge of dynamic network structures in MANETs. The high token update frequency enhances the speed of network entry, ensuring that routing data is promptly updated, addressing the challenge of rapid changes in network topology.

The wide frequency capabilities of DTC's MeshUltra™ waveform family operating at low power consumption, makes it less susceptible to interference and improves the overall resilience of the network. As a result, this technology ensures making it significantly more challenging for adversaries to exploit vulnerabilities in specific communication channels.

The ability of DTC's MeshUltra™ waveform family to operate with additional infrastructure AES encryption provides security of military communications, ensuring that sensitive information is protected and compliant with international regulations.

In summary, the combination of advanced encryption protocols, adaptive network management, and innovative technologies such as MeshUltra™, is crucial for addressing the security challenges in MANETs for military applications. These solutions aim to provide confidentiality, integrity and resilience in the face of dynamic and potentially hostile environments.

We wanted to revisit DTC, and see what recent news they had in regard to their unique IP mesh waveform family, MeshUltra™, and from the company itself.

Photo: © U.S. Army photo by 1st Sgt. Michel Sauret

Photo: © U.S. Army photo by 1st Sgt. Michel Sauret

At the time of publishing the last journal DTC announced it received an order to deliver its MANET mobile radio solution to Korean forces. The Company also announced it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Huneed Technologies, a global developer of airborne and defense communication systems.

Together, DTC and Huneed plan to develop a cutting edge, ad-hoc network solution that can enhance warfighter survivability and operational performance in future battlefield situations for militaries around the world. This global partnership will rapidly advance this state-of-the-art technology in environments and terrain where communications might be restricted.

“Modern combat zones are becoming increasingly dynamic and require advanced operational capabilities to ensure enhanced situational awareness and connectivity in challenging operational environments,” said DTC President Paul Sangster. “We see this collaboration with Huneed as an opportunity to bring our technology together to enhance battlefield operations and connectivity for the warfighter, and we look forward to working with the company that has been advancing tactical communications within Korea for more than half a century.”

Huneed's airborne drone assets will work alongside its future network solutions to provide both manned and unmanned combat systems. Under shared situational awareness, Huneed's solutions will enable the effective application of ISR information gathered by drone systems to mission performance.

The other area of note for DTC is its partnership with TrellisWare Technologies, Inc., a global leader in highly advanced algorithms, waveforms and communications systems, to deliver a multi-waveform radio solution to the U.S. military, coalition partners and commercial customers. This industry-first solution enables users access to unmatched communications flexibility, reducing the dependency on proprietary solutions, allowing them to select between DTC's leading MeshUltra™ or TrellisWare's TSM™ waveform based on their specific purpose and/or region of use.

“The integration of the TSM waveform into the DTC product line provides our customer base the ability to move between two separate and distinct waveforms easily all from a single radio,” said Dave Huisenga, Executive Vice President and General Manager for DTC. “Soldiers can now use our products to rapidly switch between waveforms for effective, reliable communications no matter the mission requirement or global operating environment.”

This ground-breaking collaboration enables U.S. military and five eyes (FVEY) warfighters to operate within a common hardware platform while providing the ability to seamlessly choose between waveforms on DTC's software defined radios, enabling users to easily adapt and meet their precise location and mission needs. The collaboration will expand DTC's reach within the U.S. military and across the coalition, and commercial market. We will be following up with the company in the next issues of Soldier Modernisation and Military Vehicle Systems, when the new technology will be market ready.

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