14/08/2020

USMC seeks new Fused Integrated Naval Network (FINN) gateway pod prototype

USMC seeks new FINN gateway pod prototype link

Source: Jane’s

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  • The US Marine Corps (USMC) is seeking solutions for a new prototype for the airborne pod variant of its Fused Integrated Naval Network (FINN) program, designed to upgrade overall interoperability between US Navy (USN) and the marines’ tactical data links
  • The FINN airborne pod prototype being sought by the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory’s Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) directorate “will provide a persistent [network] gateway that receives, bridges, translates, processes, and distributes information between other FINN nodes and the end-user nodes connected to them”, according to a 10 August service solicitation
  • Designed for deployment aboard the General Atomics’ MQ-9B, the FINN airborne pod must:
    • Be capable of cross-banding Internet Protocol (IP) and non-IP based data transfers, transmitted on current and legacy data link technologies
    • The pod technology aboard the new FINN prototype must also have beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) transmission capability
    • The prototype pod must also enable real-time data translations between users across Link-16, Tactical Targeting Network Technology (TTNT), Bandwidth Efficient Common Data Link (BE-CDL), the Intelligence Broadcast System (IBN), and National Security Agency Type-1 certified TrellisWare Tactical Scalable MANET-X (TSM-X) waveforms, as well as the Next Generation Waveform (NGW) developed by the Office of Naval Research (ONR)
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