Enhancing Sensor-to-Shooter Capabilities

Enhancing Sensor-to-Shooter Capabilities

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The modern capability of connecting sensors to shooters (weapons) replaces the manual static configuration of separate tactical networks and limited internetworking capabilities. 

The U.S. military needs fast self-healing web-like networking that connects sensors and weapons on land, on and under the sea, in the air, in space, and in cyberspace. The solution was found with Peraton Labs. U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced a $19.3 million contract to Peraton for the Mission-Integrated Network Control (MINC) project.

MINC program is a vital part of mosaic warfare, which seeks to assemble individual warfighting platforms like the ceramic tiles in mosaics to make a larger intelligence picture. The idea will be to send so many weapons and sensors at the enemy that its forces are overwhelmed.

The MINC program seeks to ensure that critical data finds a path to the right user at the right time in contested environments using secure control of any available communications or networking resources, DARPA officials say.

Peraton Labs experts will not develop any new communications and network resource hardware, but rather will develop the network and communications systems algorithms and software to configure and control available resources opportunistically, according to militaryaerospace.com.