MELBOURNE, Fla. --- More than 50 representatives of the U.S. Navy and industry last week attended a live, "over-the-ocean" demonstration of Harris Corporation's new SeaLancet RT-1944/U tactical radio -- designed to provide network-centric communications from maritime-based networks to both ground- and air-based networks.
During the three-day series of demonstrations, Harris successfully showcased the radio's high-throughput, long-range network-centric IP communications capabilities. The demonstrations featured an aircraft simulating an unmanned aerial vehicle, and three boats off the east coast of Florida as unmanned surface vehicles and tactical maritime platforms.
Attendees witnessed real-time results of the radio's high-throughput transmission of voice (VoIP), data, files, chat, and digital streaming video from multiple platforms to the simulated Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) radio room and command center. Network IP traffic was demonstrated between up to five nodes and at data throughput rates as high as 54 Mbps, and at distances between nodes of greater than 100 nautical miles. This also successfully demonstrated the ability to relay communications between surface modules at distances greater than 200 nautical miles via an airborne relay.
SeaLancet was designed to communicate high-volume sensor data from multiple Navy platforms to distant tactical ships, such as the LCS. Applications include anti-submarine warfare, mine warfare, anti-surface warfare, maritime interdiction, ship-to-ship communications, and wireless pier capability. The highly ruggedized radio can survive submersion in water up to 1 meter and operate at high altitudes.
In addition to its use onboard LCSs, the compact radio can be applied to a wide range of Navy platforms, including ships, aircraft, unmanned vehicles, gateway buoys and distributed sensors. It also addresses the needs of similar maritime missions for the Department of Defense (DoD), the U.S. Coast Guard, and international military forces.
"This event was a great success and demonstrated that SeaLancet provides secure and reliable net-centric communications to the edge of the maritime battlespace," said Wes Covell, president of Harris Defense Programs. "We are excited about this new product and proud of its distinction of being named the Naval Sea Systems Command's top Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program."
SBIR programs are mission-oriented, research and development initiatives that provide small businesses an opportunity to participate in Navy and DoD programs. SeaLancet is a product of an SBIR between Harris and Melbourne, Florida-based RSS Corporation, and was recently selected for the newly established DoD Commercialization Pilot Program.
"SeaLancet is an excellent example of a partnership between small business, prime contractor, and government," said Emilio Power, president of RSS. "We are excited to be able to successfully demonstrate net-centric, littoral communications for the warfighter."
Harris Defense Programs develops, supplies, and integrates communications and information processing products, systems, and networks for a diverse base of aerospace, terrestrial and maritime applications supporting U.S. DoD missions. Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has annual revenue of more than $5 billion and 16,000 employees - including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists.