ANDRO wins Army contract to develop adaptive radios for unmanned vehicle communications

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ANDRO Computational Solutions, LLC of Rome has been awarded a $1.1 million U.S. Army contract to develop adaptive radios for communications in unmanned ground vehicles and unmanned air systems (UASs), the company announced.

The contract involves developing a next-generation, miniaturized tactical radio called ARROW (Adaptive Radio for Robotic Warfare).

ARROW will apply resilient multiple-input multiple-output beamforming technology along with adaptive mobile ad hoc networking to support sustained communication in contested electromagnetic spectrum environments. The ARROW research will combine unique signal processing approaches to develop a next-generation radio that can sense and avoid contested spectrum environments, the company said. The work will be performed under ANDRO’s Marconi-Rosenblatt Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Lab, and led by Anu Jagannath and Dr. Jithin Jagannath, both part of the company’s advanced research and development team

ARROW as a radio product is also envisioned to enable resilient communication for the Army, first responders, and other rescue operators who depend on unmanned systems.

"“This is a strategic opportunity but just one in a series of new contracts that are in the award pipeline for ANDRO, many of which will leverage the state of the art in artificial intelligence and machine learning that are also being extended to counter small UAS scenarios.” said ANDRO President Andrew Drozd, “The company continues to make steady growth strides and is looking to fill new jobs in the areas of wireless command, control, communications, cyber, and computational technologies for edge services."

ANDRO, based at the Beeches Business Park, 7980 Turin Road, was established in 1994 and provides research, engineering, and technical services to defense and commercial industries. The independently owned company is dedicated to research, development and the application of advanced computer software and hardware solutions for spectrum exploitation, secure wireless communications for cognitive radios, multisensor and multi target tracking, advanced radar data fusion, and sensor resource management.

The company noted it also has offices in Syracuse at the Central New York Biotech Accelerator and in Dayton, Ohio, and anticipates opening additional offices in Rochester and in Melbourne, Fla.

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