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General Dynamics demonstrates WNW on JTRS HMS

17th May 2012 - 15:55 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


General Dynamics C4 Systems has announced that it recently demonstrated wireless high definition video and data transfer to US government customers using the Wideband Networking Waveform (WNW) on the JTRS HMS AN/PRC-155 two-channel networking manpack radio. General Dynamics funded the implementation of the waveform using the same manpack hardware currently being produced under the JTRS HMS programme of record.

WNW delivers ‘unprecedented’ capacity, speed and connectivity for voice, data and other large files moving through mobile tactical networks, the company said.

The JTRS HMS programme has been designed to incorporate new waveforms, and as one of three networking waveforms in the JTRS library, WNW provides the backbone function needed to seamlessly transport large amounts of data across the tactical network. A waveform provides the transport of information through a network including the physical signal, protocols and security as well as routing functions.

The Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW) delivers networked voice and data communications for individual soldiers and edge devices that have tight size, weight and power requirements. The Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) waveform enables satellite communications and leverages advanced wireless technology that is similar to terrestrial cellular communications.

Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics C4 Systems, said, ‘WNW is running on the same radio hardware that we are shipping to the army today so this is unlike any manpack offering on the market. The powerful waveform can also run on radios that fit into small vehicular installations as well as those used by dismounted soldiers; the PRC-155 Manpack is the only tactical radio to demonstrate the successful use of all three networking waveforms: SRW, WNW and MUOS.’

General Dynamics C4 Systems is the prime contractor of the JTRS HMS radio programme, which includes the two-channel PRC-155 networking manpack radio. Currently in low rate initial production, the radio is now in Multiservice Operational Test and Evaluation at Network Integration Exercise 12.2 in support of a full rate production decision scheduled for later this year.

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