Radstone Takes Part In Successful TTNT Demonstration

GS16 Ethernet Switch deployed on F-15E1 fighter aircraft Radstone Embedded Computing today announced that the company’s standalone GS16 Rugged Gigabit Ethernet Switch had been selected by Boeing to take part in a successful F-15E1 test mission to demonstrate the capabilities of DARPA’s TTNT (Tactical Targeting Network Technology) program. The mission – known as the TTNT Phase 3 Demonstration, and which saw the GS16 deployed with five of its sixteen available connections hooked via a local area network to devices on the aircraft – was completed in September 2005. “We’re extremely pleased that Boeing has provided us with the opportunity to demonstrate that the GS16 can be an excellent solution for the increasingly network-dependent fighter jets of the future,” said Peter Cavill, President of Radstone Embedded Computing.  “It is a privilege for us to take part in such a high profile program, and one that promises to have such a significant impact on the effectiveness of the combat systems of tomorrow.” The purpose of DARPA’s TTNT program is to research new technologies that can improve the precision and speed with which tactical targets can be located in a distributed sensor environment – for example, multiple aircraft and multiple ground stations cooperating to locate and act on the same targets.  The September 2005 mission was executed in a real ‘tactical thread’ with real fighter aircraft under real conditions – but with simulated targets.  According to DARPA, the TTNT network successfully demonstrated the ability to: * Transmit data at speeds of two megabits per second over distances greater than 100  nautical miles; * Maintain a network with a 10 megabit per second capacity; * Transmit data further than 100 nautical miles in less than two milliseconds in a  low latency mode; * Coexist with the military’s existing Link 16 network; * Register new platforms within five seconds of entry into the network; * Transmit data in excess of 300 nautical miles; and * Route data across multiple nodes beyond line of sight, including sending tactical  internet protocol applications from aircraft to the surrogate CAOC at China Lake and  to Hanscom AFB, Mass., and the Pentagon in Arlington, Va. The next mission in the program, known as the JEFX (Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment), will take place in April 2006, and is designed to explore the benefits and opportunities of further increasing the networking capabilities deployed on fighter aircraft. For further information on the GS16 visit http://www.radstone.co.uk/products/dsp_product.aspx?id=105