Linden Photonics’ strong torpedo fiber optic cable
Military scientists are developing a rapidly deployable undersea network, which could restore tactical military communications that are compromised by adversaries. In September, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded a $1.9 million contract to LGS Innovations, a networking and communications solutions company, for phase one of the tactical undersea network architectures (TUNA) program. The company has two partners for the project: Linden Photonics, which specializes in high-strength fiber optic cables, and Tethers Unlimited, a private aerospace company. The team aims to “develop the world’s strongest neutrally buoyant undersea cable” for the network, an LGS press release said. “Such technologies will allow the DoD to maintain an information advantage, even in contested areas,” said Bob Beyers, technical director of applied research and technology at LGS Innovations.