Government Solutions
High Speed MANET for the Connected Battlefield

MANET for the Connected Battlefield

The US Army Cram Program with a military vehicle in front of mountains

Government operations require high-performance mesh radio systems for a wide range of mission scenarios. Our Smart Radio platform featuring Mesh Rider technology provides robust Mobile Ad-hoc Networks (MANET) that are deployed in the most challenging operating environments. The high-speed data links are secure against infiltration, resilient against interference, and frequency agile for global deployment. 

Over the years, Doodle Labs radios have become the trusted choice for several US Department of Defense (DoD) programs of record. Moreover, Doodle Labs has been selected by the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) and AFWERX to build the networking architecture for the US Government’s UAS ecosystem. 

Multi-Band Radios:

Quick global deployment flexibility of equipment and personnel is a very important requirement for the field operations. DIU has tasked Doodle Labs to develop multi-band radios that can be software controlled to operate in one of the six important DoD frequency bands. Doodle Labs patented Mesh Rider technology is employed here to meet this objective.

A Versatile MANET Radio Platform:

Smart Radio provides an ultra-reliable, low latency, long-range, high-speed link to implement military-grade MANET networks. It is available in several use-case optimized packages to meet any deployment requirements.

Long-Range and High Throughput:

throughput diagram

The Smart Radios are able to meet the various data speed and distance requirements. The mobile assets will always stay connected with field-tested aerial data links up to 116 kilometers. Even at 10 km, the Smart Radio can support streaming of crystal clear 4K surveillance video from a drone and even multiple video streams can be multi-cast to several ground based control stations.

C4ISR on an Ultra-Reliable Datalink

a diagram of a military member and drones

The Smart Radio’s data aware PHY and MAC provide the most reliable and low-latency URLLC for sensitive Command and Control data. Additionally, it optimizes the radio link to carry crystal clear 4K and HD video streaming over long range. Smart Radio’s extremely low SWaP make it suitable for easy man-pack operation. The Smart Radios feature distance based Automatic Transmit Power Control (ATPC) to conserve battery power to extend the mission time. The Smart Radio’s mesh provides node relay for performing C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) over a very long range.


Encryption is a vital requirement to protect the data from the snoopers. Smart Radio’s built-in 256-bit AES encryption protects over the air traffic. The embedded encryption engine is compliant with Federal NIST standards: FIPS 140-2 Level 2 and NSA Suite B. Doodle Labs is in the midst of pursuing the NIST certification.

Interference Avoidance

Smart Radio’s Spectrum Scan monitors in-band interference and provides the capability to switch channels. The advanced filtration and frequency-band shifting techniques used by the Smart Radio are designed to minimize noise and block out-of-band signals.

Mobile Ad hoc NETwork (MANET)​

The Smart Radio establishes a MANET to connect all soldiers, vehicles, and robots for reliable communication. The Smart Radio’s self-forming and self-healing mesh is reliable, and can act as a repeater to carry the communication around the obstacles.


Multi-band Smart Radios with mesh can effectively block any attempts at jamming the communications. The radios can hop over different bands to reduce the possibility of detection. The multi-band Smart Radios meshed together can find alternate communication paths even when one frequency path is blocked by jammers.


Doodle Labs recognizes that a well integrated Smart Radio platform is more valuable to our customers. So we are actively working with our industry partners and collaborators to extend the platform’s capabilities. 

Smart Radio has been integration tested with the leading tools, standards and ecosystems used in many industries. This versatility ensures that our customers can quickly develop advanced MANET solutions.

Aerial view of the ground seen with the Q ground control

Q Ground Control

QGroundControl provides full flight control and vehicle setup for autonomous vehicles. It provides easy and straightforward usage, while still delivering high end features. Refer to Doodle Labs application note for integrating Smart Radio with QGroundControl.

Team Awareness Kit (ATAK)

Team Awareness Kit (ATAK) developed by the Air Force Research Labs is a game changer for increasing the user’s awareness of team activities in the area of operation. Smart Radio fully integrates with ATAK to leverage the high throughput multi-media communication for audio, video and data collaboration among widely spread out teams in the field.

Federal and NATO Bands

The Smart Radio is form factor compatible across the frequency range – 100 MHz to 6 GHz, making it as simple as dropping in the model for the required frequency band across all Federal and NATO Bands, while eliminating the need to redesign the equipment.

Additionally, we can configure the radio to meet wide variety of band/channel plans for special projects.

federal band long range radio
The navy blue blue circular NTIA logo

The table below shows the models available for Government frequency bands. We have worked with the federal agencies to obtain the J/F-12 certifications to simplify the ATO applications (Authorization to Operate).

  Model No. 
Frequency Range (MHz)Description
Authorization to Operate
View Specs
RM-915-2X902-928License Free ISM Band – USA, Canada, Mexico, Central, South and Latin Americas, Australia, New Zealand and ChinaHost Nation Approval (In Progress)


View Datasheet

RM-1370-2X1350-1390Federal L-BandJ/F-12 (Certified)


View Datasheet

TBD1625-1725Federal Band Contact Us
RM-1815-2X1780-1850Federal BandJ/F-12 (Certified)


View Datasheet

RM-2087-2X2025-2110Broadcast Auxiliary Stations Band (BAS Band)J/F-12 (Certified)Contact Us
RM-2200-2X2200-2290Federal S-BandJ/F-12 (Certified)


View Datasheet

RM-2355-2X2200-2510Federal S-BandJ/F-12 (Certified)

Contact Us

TBD2310-2350Federal Band Contact Us
RM-2450-2X2400-2500License free ISM bandHost Nation Approval (In Progress)


View Datasheet

RM-4700-2J4400-5000Federal C-Band, NATO Band, Broadband Disaster Recovery (BBDR) BandJ/F-12, #11929 (Certified)


View Datasheet

RM-4900-2J4800-5000Federal BandJ/F-12, #11919 (Certified)Contact Us
RM-5210-2J5180-5240Federal BandJ/F-12, #11919 (In progress)Contact Us
RM-5785-2J5745-5825Federal BandJ/F-12, #11919 (In progress)Contact Us

Case Studies

Broadband Data Links for Harris Robots

Harris joined a team led by Northrup Grumman to develop an explosive ordnance disposal robot for the U.S. Navy.

Doodle Labs Opens New Doors for the Insitu ScanEagle

Insitu was approached by a customer who needed the radio to operate at the 5.2 GHz frequency band.

Compelling Value Proposition

We understand that an affordable radio is necessary for scaling up the connected battlefield. So we have created our products to offer quality performance at a cost-effective price. The Smart Radio outshines the competition in every aspect.
  • Price
  • Frequency
  • Throughput
  • Size
  • Weight
  • Power Consumption

Doodle Labs


  • 100 MHz - 6 GHz
  • Up to 100 Mbps
  • 57 x 65 x 11 mm
  • 25 grams
  • 8 - 10W @ 1W Tx power

Competitor - S


  • 400 MHz - 6 GHz
  • Up to 100 Mbps
  • 55 x 92 x 18 mm
  • 116 grams
  • 16W @ 1W Tx power

Competitor - P


  • 1350 MHz - 6 GHz
  • Up to 150 Mbps
  • 97 x 66 x 13 mm Tray dimensions unknown 51 x 84 x 15 mm
  • 130 + 100 + 91 grams
  • 40W @ 10W Tx power

Competitor - M


  • 900 MHz, 2.4 GHz, 5.8 GHz
  • Up to 25 Mbps
  • 50 x 76 x 50 mm
    (including motherboard)
  • 50 grams
  • N/A

Technical Resources

Mesh Rider

Mesh Rider® is an innovative, patented wireless mesh technology. It focuses on high-throughput data communication over long distances (up to 100 km) and provides frequency flexibility, enabling operation in licensed and license-free bands.

Technical Library

Doodle Labs provides an extensive set of documents and technical support to simplify the Smart Radio integration.

The library has Design-In Documents, Regulatory Certifications, Compliance, and the latest versions of the embedded software.

Doodle Labs

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