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LGS Wins Darpa Contract for Rapidly Deployable Undersea Network

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LGS Innovations LLC Awarded Darpa Contract for Rapidly Deployable Undersea Network

(Source: LGS Innovations LLC; issued Sept 8, 2015)


HERNDON, Va. --- LGS Innovations LLC, a provider of networking and communication solutions to government and commercial organizations worldwide, announced today that it has been awarded a $1.9 million contract for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Tactical Undersea Network Architectures (TUNA) program.

LGS Innovations LLC – along with Linden Photonics and Tethers Unlimited – will aim to develop the world’s strongest neutrally-buoyant undersea cable for an undersea fiber optic based network. Under the terms of the contract, LGS will provide model simulations, design, and analysis as well as scaled development and demonstration for the technology over a period of 15 months.

“The goal of the program is to ensure that our armed forces retain an information advantage even in contested environments where potential adversaries may attempt to disrupt other communication channels,” said Kevin Kelly, CEO of LGS Innovations LLC. “LGS’ advanced R&D capabilities will be leveraged to support of our national defense through extreme cutting edge network technology and science.”

The DARPA TUNA program seeks to temporarily restore tactical data network connectivity in contested environments through the use of novel optical-fiber-based technology. Currently in an initial phase, the program emphasizes concept and technology development in three technical areas: system design, small fiber optic cable systems, and buoy nodes. DARPA plans a second phase focused on the implementation of an integrated end-to-end network prototype.


LGS Innovations LLC is a U.S.-owned company headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. Formerly a subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent, LGS is the exclusive reseller of Alcatel-Lucent products and services to the U.S. Federal Government and any other entity when the end customer is the U.S. Federal Government. Employing nearly 770 associates - including more than 450 scientists and engineers – LGS also holds offices in Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, and North Carolina.

Linden Photonics has developed a range of miniature, high strength optical fiber cables and hybrid cables for environments where high strength and compact size are required. Linden's fiber optic and hybrid cables are optimized for underwater use and in larger umbilicals, combining high strength, low weight, and small size.

Tethers Unlimited, Inc. develops transformative technologies for Space and Defense missions. Its technology portfolio includes tether systems, advanced space propulsion systems, frequency-agile software defined radios for small satellites, and systems for in-space additive manufacturing of spacecraft components.

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