The Rise of the Networked Battlefield



By Dean ~ September 12th, 2010. Filed under: SDR & SCA, Systems Engr..

DefenseNews published a great article, titled “U.S. Army Shows Vision for Networked Battlefield.”  The story describes a recent exercise at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico that demonstrated the Army’s vision for future battlefield communications.

The article includes comments from General Peter Chiarelli, the Army’s vice chief of staff:

…the progress he saw was exciting.  He seemed most impressed with the network’s aerial layer and its ability to extend the range that soldiers are able to communicate with each other.

“I saw two, two-watt radios, assisted by another two-watt radio, tethered to an aerostat at 700 feet,” Chiarelli said.

The two-watt radio he was referring to is the Rifleman Radio, part of the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Fit (HMS) program, according to Army spokesman Paul Mehney.

Chiarelli said the Rifleman Radio, using the Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW), was able to talk out to a range of 35 to 50 kilometers.  It was “absolutely amazing,” he said. “And that’s not just talking, that’s passing data.”

General Dynamics C4 Systems (GDC4S) also did a press release covering this material that goes in to a bit more detail regarding the specifics.

I care about this because Foresight’s RAMS Performance Engineering methodologies are ideally suited to address challenging programs, like the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) and the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T).  Our approach employs extremely sophisticated models of complex concepts, like the Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW).  These models allow development teams to diagnose issues, insure compliance with requirements and perform detailed analysis of the system, as it is being designed/deployed.  Flexible models from Foresight also enable waveform optimization and performance analysis for leading edge programs like these.

As a member of a team that specializes in solving SDR problems, I am very impressed by the results of this GDC4S led effort to guarantee maximum effectiveness across a broad range of critical mission profiles.

Photo of the Land Warrior kit in the field

FAS Military Analysis Network: The Land Warrior kit
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