US Army develops new voice-bridging system
The US Army is developing a new device called the Radio Interoperability Capability-Universal (RIC-U) to simplify secure radio communications with allied partners, the army announced on 1 May.
The RIC-U will serve as an analogue-to-digital voice bridge between US and allied forces. With the device incorporated into their voice communications network, soldiers will simply select the radio they are using and the radio they are trying to communicate with through the device's computerised user interface. After the device is set up, soldiers can start transmitting and receiving voice communications.
By incorporating the RIC-U into voice networks, both partners can use their native radio communications equipment, unique encryption and frequency-hopping techniques to speak with US military personnel.
While developing RIC-U, the army incorporated feedback from the Radio Interoperability Capability-Korea programme.
The army plans to submit a request for proposal to vendors in August 2019 and narrow them down by September 2019, in order to get the system into production.
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