Cobham has been awarded US$14.8 M by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for the Wireless Network after Next (WNaN) program.

Under this cost plus fixed fee contract, Cobham Sensor Systems, Lowell, MA, will design, develop and demonstrate low-cost wireless network nodes that support adaptation by means of distributed network processing. A key element of the design is affordability, to allow wide deployment throughout the Armed Services.

The radios will be demonstrated during follow-on field trials by the Department of Defense in 2010. The US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL/RIKD) is the contracting activity.