As a result of the SBIR-funded work, the U.S. Army adopted the PANACEA as its principal test asset supporting the Army’s PNT System of Systems Architecture (SoSA) testing of GPS receivers in 2015. PreTalen was awarded a $6.6 million contract for the procurement and delivery of 14 PANACEA systems for use in the PNT SoSA test program. At that time, PreTalen increased production to meet the demand for the system.
As an element of the new, Air Force contract, PreTalen will modify the PANACEA system to include a signals-based testing framework.
“We are excited to continue our work with the Air Force Research Laboratory in developing innovative cyber radio frequency solutions for the warfighter,” said Bruce Hart, PreTalen’s chief technology officer. “Navigation and wireless systems are becoming increasingly vulnerable to cyber-based attacks. Working with the team at AFRL to develop solutions to these emerging threats will help ensure our military remains at the forefront of this battlespace.”
“This award leverages the extremely successful PANACEA Small Business Innovative Research SBIR program, demonstrating the value in the SBIR program and creating greater than an order of magnitude in tax revenue than the original SBIR invested,” he added. “More importantly, though, is the value to our warfighters and critical infrastructure that this technology is protecting and advancing.”
PreTalen is scheduled to complete the project by March 30, 2023.