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Army Begins Market Research for Line of Sight Comms Tech

The U.S. Army is seeking information on potential industry sources of line of sight communications capabilities that could be interoperable with terrestrial LOS radios and provide greater throughput and other improved capabilities.

The service expects the LOSC2 system to boost transmission diversity of an internet protocol-based architecture to further communications capability between existing terrestrial radios in support of military operations, according to a request for information published Thursday.

The Army plans to procure approximately 1,400 LOSC2 platforms between fiscal years 2025 and 2030 with sustainment support beyond FY 2030.

“The distribution of a LOSC2 system will break down into a use case scenario for a family of system structures to support a total of approximately 2800 LOSC2 systems,” according to the RFI.

The LOSC2 program’s capability and technical requirements include implementation of open standards to facilitate data exchange and interoperability, multichannel operation and free space optics operation capability at the same node for use in spectrum contested environments.

The Army wants the LOSC2 system to operate in Band 3/3+ and C-Band frequencies with power consumption of less than 500W and foliage penetration capabilities.

Interested stakeholders should state in their responses their systems’ capability to provide a Layer 2 Switch-capable network interface to the program manager tactical network to facilitate integration of waveforms, built-in test capabilities, scalability and transmission security, among other requirements.

Responses to the RFI are due March 1.

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