For tactical communication over long distances, the military used powerful mobile or fixed installation with a huge parabolic antennas and powerful transmitters. Such systems vulnerable to attack or jamming, which in a modern war is simple. The new program Agency DARPA for advanced research U.S. Department of defense expects to go on the mosaic system of communication with a mass budget of the antenna-transmitting complex.
During the 45 months since the establishment of the program DARPA RN DMC (Resilient Distributed Networked Mosaic Communications) the contestants will have to design a long-distance tactical communication, to determine its operational architecture and experimentally confirm the performance and viability of the solution. In Russian language the name of the program RN DMC can be translated as “a persistent (elastic) network distributed mosaic communications”.
It is assumed that one antenna-transmitting complex mosaic communications system will cost no more than $1000, which classifies it to consumables. A mosaic of complexes to build up the distribution of plants on the backs of the soldiers, on vehicles, on ships, on Board UAVs, aircraft and satellites. The compactness of the system suggests that it will have extremely high productivity, which compensates for the lack of transmission power.
Each portable facility or “tile” to profess the principle of software defined radio. This requires protection from jamming and interception. The proposed approach will replace the powerful amplifiers and large antennas with a mosaic of scattered over a large area of the transceivers. Thus far tactical communications promises to become more stable, and its nodes will be less visible to enemy influence.