Persistent Systems LLC has been awarded an $8.9 million Army National Guard radio contract.

Under the contract, awarded under the Army’s Unified Command Suite program, Persistent will provide more than 950 MPU5 radios to the National Guard’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams.

The radios use mobile ad hoc networking, or MANET, technology to create an impromptu communication system. This results in “a vast, self-forming, self-healing radio network that does not require outside infrastructure to work,” according to a Persistent news release.

“Should a node drop out of the network, sensor data collected by a Civil Support Team member will simply be routed another way. Using the MPU5 also means cutting down on the number of relay radios needed to push signals over and around obstacles.”

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