Defense Innovation Unit Issues Solicitations for Satcom Antenna System, Dismounted PNT Device

Jeff Brody

The Defense Innovation Unit has released solicitations for a multidomain tactical communications system and dismounted assured positioning, navigation and timing platform. The first solicitation seeks proposals for a satellite communication antenna system designed to support multiple links in K-, Ka-, S-, X-, C- and Q-band signals and can be installed aboard DDG 1000-class ships.

The Department of Defense wants a satcom antenna that could be integrated into ground stations and other ships. DIU will test the capability of the system to operate in a maritime environment and evaluate the platform’s susceptibility to electromagnetic interference, shocks and vibrations.

The second solicitation looks for a handheld PNT device designed to help dismounted soldiers operate in GPS-denied environments. DIU wants a prototype that can reduce power consumption; features a path to integration into the U.S. Army’s Nett Warrior System; and has selectable vision modes.

The selected vendor should come up with up to 25 prototype devices, which should be submitted within 12 months of the contract award to prepare for testing and integration in operational environments. The briefs for the dismounted assured PNT system will be accepted through Oct. 27, while submissions for the satcom antenna system are due Oct. 28.

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