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USN Turns to Q for TRITON, to Improve Laser Sub Communications

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SSN-721: Calling Chicago…(click to view full) DARPA’s TRITON program plans to demonstrate duplex connectivity at submarine keel depths significantly greater than what has been demonstrated in the green, achieving area coverage and bit rates that satisfy existing Navy requirements. On Sept 24/10, QinetiQ North America Operations, LLC received a $31.8 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Phase 1 of the TRITON/ Tactical Relay Information Network program. Work will be performed in Waltham, MA (43%); Ypsilanti, MI (7%); Herndon, VA (30%); La Jolla, CA (1%); Anaheim, CA (18%); Redondo Beach, CA (1%); and Los Angeles, CA (1%), and is expected to be complete by November 2011. QinetiQ will provide a field-ready, Technology Readiness Level 6 submarine laser communication system that operates in the blue spectrum, for eventual testing during an unspecified naval exercise in the southern California Anti-Submarine Warfare range in FY 2012. Phases 2 (exercise readiness test) and 3 (the naval exercise) are priced options, and could bring the contract to $39 million (HR0011-10-C-0126). The reason these lasers need to operate in the blue spectrum is partly the same reason that a scuba diver’s blood looks green or grey at 100 feet, and shining an underwater light on fish can be a […]

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