Harris unveils backpack version of KnightHawk
Harris has introduced a backpack version of its KnightHawk mobile tactical cellular network solution that provides warfighters with high-bandwidth connectivity and enables the use of smart apps at the tactical edge of the battlefield. The new system, called KnightLite, is designed to complement primary radio communications and provide warfighters on the move with cellular connectivity in locations with limited or no infrastructure.
According to the company, the KnightLite system is built upon universal mobile telecommunications system technology, which leverages mature cellular technology and helps ensure cost effective deployment. It provides voice, high-speed data, video, and SMS messaging, and supports high-speed packet access, which allows for dynamic allocation of data resources to mobile devices and efficiently utilises bandwidth to allow more devices to access the network simultaneously. It is compatible with commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) smartphones and tablets.
Harris has developed the system to operate autonomously or as a scalable network for increased coverage. With high data rates and the ability to operate over a wide temperature range in harsh environments, KnightLite delivers connectivity at the edge to support current demands for smartphone applications. KnightLite is approximately the same weight and form factor as today’s tactical manpack radios, and is compatible with existing tactical radio batteries, antennas and accessories, and can be installed in tactical radio mounts for vehicular operations.
Sheldon Fox, group president, Harris Government Communications Systems, said: ‘KnightLite has the same key functionality as KnightHawk, but in a form that supports dismounted operations in remote and rugged locations where warfighters often have to travel by foot. In addition to our tactical radios, troops will also be able to carry the latest 3G and 4G LTE networking systems, enabling the use of smartphones and tablets such as our RF-3590. KnightLite takes important new capabilities to the tactical edge.’
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