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US Army receives new communication system

15th May 2018 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The US Army has introduced a new communication system to the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team ahead of a company-level combined arms live-fire exercise, the US Department of Defense announced on 7 May.

The new platform, called the Integrated Tactical Network, will allow leaders at the squad level and higher to share information at a faster rate across the military network, improving safety and situational awareness for soldiers.

The new system uses equipment including the Multi Band Inter/Intra Team Radio to project data and a modern smartphone for the actual interface.

The platform will support leaders to track the positions of units on the battlefield, as well as share text messages, voice communication and pictures.

The full implementation of the platform will provide paratroopers with an additional quality radio and access to the same common operating picture as their leaders.

Army 1st. Lt. Michael Austin, a platoon leader in Attack Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, said: ‘Besides each of us having access to the mission graphics, we will be able to battle track each other. If we’re in a movement to contact and we take chance contact, we can use this to very accurately shift fires, and have more fires on the enemy while being very safe because we know our exact front-line trace.’

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