Wireless Applications

Agilent’s NetworkFab Awarded $45 Million Contract

October 21, 2008

Small Business Innovation Research Phase III contract with the U.S. Army is for wideband sensor systems for direction finding and integrated SIGINT.


SANTA CLARA, CA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, NetworkFab, has been awarded a five-year, $45 million Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase III Contract with the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center's Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate at Fort Monmouth, NJ. This contract is for wideband sensor systems with hyperfast direction finding (DF) and integrated signals intelligence (SIGINT) search, identification and collection of tactical targets.

The NetworkFab systems' modular hardware design and software-defined architecture offer:

  • scalability to deploy new capabilities to the field without having to redesign the entire system;

     

  • easy adaptability to new threats, missions and signals of interest;

     

  • universal signal detection that allows previously undefined signals to be easily and quickly characterized by the user in the field without system modification; and

     

  • the wideband sensor system that can operate in a Blue-Force jamming environment, which allows SIGINT DF missions to be executed with active Electronic Warfare (EW) force-protection.

"Agilent is very proud to be supporting the U.S. Army and the Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate at Fort Monmouth," said Ron Nersesian, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Wireless Business Unit. "We are confident that this contract will make new technology available to augment the Army's existing systems and provide the next generation in tactical SIGINT and high-speed wideband DF capability."

NetworkFab earned this contract after successfully executing the SBIR Phase I/II efforts. These included the development and demonstration of technologies for an integrated SIGINT system with real-time DF capability. SBIR Phase III contracts are awarded to companies that have successfully commercialized the technologies developed and demonstrated in the SBIR program.

This SBIR Phase III contract is an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity procurement vehicle available to the U.S. Army and other U.S. government agencies to meet their mission requirements. Contract deliverables will include integrated sensor systems, sub-systems, remote sensors and engineering services for custom solutions. Work under this contract will be performed at Agilent's SND facilities in Santa Rosa and Santa Clara, CA; Everett, WA; and Columbia, MD.

About NetworkFab
Agilent acquired NetworkFab in August 2007 to take advantage of its significant advancements in high-speed wideband SIGINT DF systems. NetworkFab now operates as a wholly owned subsidiary within Agilent's Signal Networks Division (SND). NetworkFab's advanced technologies, system solutions, and engineering expertise provide Agilent's customers with a well-rounded SIGINT/DF product portfolio. NetworkFab has extensive experience in the design, build and test of advanced SIGINT, communications, DF and EW systems for the U.S. military, government intelligence agencies, and other law enforcement groups.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world's premier measurement company and a technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 20,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $5.4 billion in fiscal 2007.


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