The U.S. Navy plans to award ArchitectureÂ Technology Corp. aÂ one-year contractÂ to develop 10Â ruggedized router prototypes for carrier-based aircraft through aÂ Small Business Innovation Research program, Military & Aerospace Electronics reported Thursday.
John Keller writes the military branch will ask ATCorp to buildÂ small size, weight and power consumption routers called small-form-factor automated networking systems underÂ the third phase of the Minimized Space, Weight and Power Network Architecture SolutionÂ project.
The NavyÂ also wants the company to testÂ the S-FAN systemÂ on the Navy’s E-2D Hawkeye carrier-based aircraft and plan for the router’s integrationÂ into other Navy and commercial aircraft,Â according to the report.
The report notedÂ S-FAN will workÂ to optimize router configuration and reduce the time it takes forÂ carrier strike groups to create, configure and modify tactical networks.
ATCorp designedÂ a small-form-factor, multi-link aircraft router then tested the platform in a laboratory during the program’s first and second phases,Â Keller wrote.