Project Announcement: Integrated Photonics for Sustained Operations – Phase II

The US Department of Defense is partnering with industry and academia on a multiphase CTMA initiative to rapidly advance integrated photonics technologies and the ecosystem required to viably manufacture them to a level of maturity that can be demonstrated and applied to address communication and operational issues in an RF-denied environment.

The overall objective of Phase II is to drive integrated photonics technology and systems to a higher level of maturity. Specific goals will include:

      • Demonstrate array designs and test ultra-low SWaP chip-scale phased array free-space laser communication transceivers for battlefield networking and PNT.
      • Design, fabricate, and integrate a holdover clock and positioning system that can be used autonomously for a range of operational time scales as well as a synchronization system that can be used to periodically re-acquire time and position.
      • Facilitate PNT team collaboration by assistance with identification of PIC technology elements, design reviews, and fabrication of wafers, chips, assemblies, and others as required.
      • Demonstrate initiation of several workforce training programs with industrial and university communities to increase educational opportunities and workforce development.

If you feel your organization has the technical capabilities and would like to be considered for this project, please complete the form below and upload your organization’s technical capabilities statement.

Interested Submissions Due by 11/14/23.

We encourage participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), including Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs).