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BAE Phoenix networking radios validated by US Army

19 December 2012

Phoenix radio

The US Army has validated the tactical networking capabilities of BAE Systems-built Phoenix-2C networking radios during exercises recently concluded at Fort Huachuca in Arizona, US.

The radios were successful in doubling the army's mid-tier network requirement by facilitating communication between soldiers over a 20km range during testing, which was conducted earlier this month.

Exercises marked the start of candidate capabilities evaluation for mid-tier networking radios, and also formed part of an excursion linked to network integration evaluation (NIE) 13.1 exercise providing feedback to the army as it progressed through assessments.

BAE Systems communications and control solutions vice president and general manager Joseph Senftle said: "We have developed a radio that gives our soldiers a critical advantage, by seamlessly, securely, and reliably bridging the communications gap between the soldiers on the ground, both on the front lines and in the rear, and those at headquarters."

"We have developed a radio that gives our soldiers a critical advantage, by seamlessly, securely, and reliably bridging the communications gap between the soldiers on the ground, both on the front lines and in the rear, and those at headquarters."

Introduced by BAE in October in response to the army's request for proposal (RFP) for a non-developmental mid-tier networking vehicular radio (MNVR) solution, the Phoenix radios are designed to provide secure, jam-resistant communications between headquarters and dismounted soldiers.

Available in three variants, the high-throughput radio is capable of operating both next-generation, government-owned wideband networking waveform (WNW) and the soldier radio waveform (SRW) for use in multiple configurations.

Demonstrating full interoperability with existing joint tactical radio systems (JTRS), the new device helps simplify end-user training and adoption processes, and also offers full anti-jam modes in WNW to safeguard communications in hostile environments.

Designed using commercial technology, the off-the-shelf radio system features a low size, weight, and power design to support easy integration into the existing radio space present on the army's ground combat vehicles (GCVs).


Image: Phoenix radios doubled the US Army's mid-tier network requirement during recent exercises in Arizona, US. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.