DARPA RFP - Reconfigurable Undersea Communications Networks to Link Underwater Vessels, Ships and Aircraft

DARPA Timely Information for Maritime Engegements (TIMEly) program to develop a heterogeneous maritime communications architecture, to control rapidly reconfigurable military forces under, on, and over the ocean. (source: Military & Aerospace Magazine)

DARPA Timely Information for Maritime Engegements (TIMEly) program to develop a heterogeneous maritime communications architecture, to control rapidly reconfigurable military forces under, on, and over the ocean. (source: Military & Aerospace Magazine)

June 26, 2019 | Source: Military & Aerospace Electronics, militaryaerospace.com, John Keller, 24 June 2019

TIMEly to develop a heterogeneous maritime communications architecture, to control rapidly reconfigurable military forces under, on, and over the ocean.


U.S. military researchers are working with industry to develop real-time command-and-control communications networks that function above, on, and under the ocean using the latest in undersea communications and unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs).

Officials of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., issued a broad agency announcement on Friday (HR001119S0067) for the Timely Information for Maritime Engagements (TIMEly) project.

TIMEly seeks to develop a heterogeneous maritime communications architecture, and the demonstrate a prototype during sample missions at sea. The project emphasizes undersea communications, as well as communications among manned and unmanned submarines, surface vessels, aircraft, and satellites.

The goal is to create rapidly reconfigurable military forces under, on, and over the ocean that are fast, unpredictable, flexible and adaptable -- more like the pieces in a mosaic piece of art, rather than a collection of rigidly designed pieces of a puzzle.


Solicitation Information

FedBizOps Link: Timely Information for Maritime Engagements (TIMEly)

Solicitation Number: HR001119S0067
Agency: Other Defense Agencies
Office: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Response Date: August 29, 2019

Synopsis: The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative proposals in maritime communications with an emphasis on undersea and cross-domain (above sea to below sea and vice versa) communications. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice.


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DARPA's TIMEly program is part of their larger vision for "mosaic warfare" (multi-domain operations) that connects individual warfighting platforms across all domains and turns cost-effective complexity into an advantage.

DARPA Tiles Together a Vision of Mosaic Warfare, DARPA