Hybrid Data Link.
Patent, Filed 20 Apr 92, patented 16 Feb 93,
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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A high data rate over-the-horizon communications capability is provided between two or more platforms at rest or in motion, in the air or on the surface. An RF transmitterreceiver-optical fiber interface unit is launched from a launch platform and is supported via a deployed parachute or balloon to provide a bidirectional RF data link with the launch platform and a bidirectional optical data link over an optical fiber extending to an autonomous vehicle platform, such as a missile.