Navy, DARPA build new voice and text network

Navy and DARPA are working on a new voice and text network able to allow real-time connectivity that can transmit force-tracking information.

The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) is upgrading its communications and information systems radios to improve real-time networking for sailors and marines, service officials said.
The new technology, developed by DARPA, maintains a secure voice and text network for reliable communication between commanders and their forces. It will be integrated into Navy ships involved in ship and air integrated warfare.
NAWCAD is responsible for “full spectrum research, development, test and evaluation, engineering, and fleet support for air platforms,” according to Navy statements. 
Following identified C4I standards, NAWCAD plans to implement Warfighter Communication technology. Warfighter also allows for real time location monitoring, giving commanders an ability to see where every one of their soldiers are on a map.
The emerging system will equip naval ships with the C4I technology and also upgrade databases, combat, and unmanned systems. Emphasis will also be placed on mission systems and cyber security.
BAE Systems will be helping implement and integrate the new technology into NAWCAD naval ships to better the communication between their ships and their aircrafts.
The work will be performed in St. Inigoes, MD and is expected to be completed in October 2018. BAE Systems has been awarded over $7 million for this contract.