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ANDRO wins Army contract to develop adaptive radios for unmanned vehicle communications

By Eric Reinhardt


Andrew Drozd, president of ANDRO Computational Solutions, LLC, says the U.S. Army has awarded his company a $1.1 million contract to develop a tactical radio for use in unmanned ground vehicles and unmanned aircraft systems. (PHOTO CREDIT: ANDRO COMPUTATIONAL SOLUTIONS, LLC)

ROME — The U.S. Army has awarded ANDRO Computational Solutions, LLC a $1.1 million contract to develop a next-generation, miniaturized tactical radio called ARROW (adaptive radio for robotic warfare) for use in unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). 

A UAS includes a drone and equipment used to control its flight. 

ANDRO, which has been in business for just over a quarter century, is located at the Beeches Business Park in Rome.

ANDRO’s Marconi-Rosenblatt artificial intelligence and machine-learning lab will perform the work. Anu Jagannath and Dr. Jithin Jagannath, both part of ANDRO’s advanced research and development team, will lead the work, the company said.

The ARROW research will combine “unique” signal-processing approaches to develop a next-generation radio that can “sense and avoid” contested spectrum environments. ARROW, as a radio product is also envisioned to enable resilient communication for the Army, first responders, and other rescue operators who depend on unmanned aircraft systems. 

“This is a strategic opportunity but just one in a series of new contracts that are in the award pipeline for ANDRO, many of which will leverage the state of the art in artificial intelligence and machine learning that are also being extended to counter small UAS scenarios,” Andrew Drozd, president of ANDRO, said in a statement. “The company continues to make steady growth strides and is looking to fill new jobs in the areas of wireless command, control, communications, cyber, and computational technologies for edge services.”

ANDRO is in the middle of an expansion of its Marconi-Rosenblatt artificial intelligence and machine learning innovation lab through the regional economic development council (REDC) grant reimbursement program. The company plans to announce further expansions of its quantum communications and networking lab and medical technology research subsidiary.


ANDRO Computational Solutions, LLC — which is headquartered in the Beeches Business Park at One Beeches Place at 7980 Turin Road in Rome — provides research, engineering, and technical services to defense and commercial industries. 

Established in 1994, the independently owned company focuses on research, development, and the application of advanced computer software and hardware products for spectrum exploitation, secure wireless communications for cognitive radios, multisensor and multi target tracking, advanced radar-data fusion, and sensor-resource management. 

ANDRO also has offices in Syracuse at the Central New York Biotech Accelerator and in Dayton, Ohio. The firm said it anticipates opening additional offices in Rochester, N.Y. and Melbourne, Florida.                       

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