Common Tactical Edge Network

L3Harris Technologies
Melbourne, FL
The Common Tactical Edge Network converges military and commercial networks to enhance aerial interoperability between U.S. and allied forces. (Image: L3Harris Technologies)

L3Harris Technologies received a U.S. Air Force task order award to develop a Common Tactical Edge Network (CTEN), providing an aerial military Internet of Things (IoT) to support the advanced battle management system and Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) initiatives.

The system will include a meshed network of defense and commercial resources to enable aerial interoperability for U.S. and allied forces by incorporating commercial-like, high-speed data processing and sharing at the tactical edge. CTEN will initially connect Air Force aerial platforms that currently operate with incongruent network architectures with the potential to improve connectivity across the entire joint force. CTEN’s data fusion will enable warfighters controlling multiple platforms to think and operate as one, greatly shortening the decision cycle.

“This is a significant step in solving for the broader JADC2 challenge, and we are committed to maximizing interoperability and processing speed,” said Ron Fehlen, Vice President, Air Force and UAS programs, L3Harris. “CTEN will ultimately deliver commercial-like capabilities that will break down the barriers between open and closed systems.”

The Air Force also named L3Harris as a member of the CTEN Consortium in an option under the overarching task award. As a CTEN Consortium member, L3Harris will collaboratively design the architecture, develop software, and conduct systems integration and software maintenance for the CTEN system.

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