The US Army has equipped its mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles with network integration kits (NIK) at Boeing labs in Huntington Beach.
The NIK software and equipment will allow the vehicles to share real-time information including voice and imagery sensor data from robots and unmanned aerial vehicles while moving in the battlefield.
In addition to the existing NIK components, a new integrated computer system and the joint tactical radio system ground mobile radio (JTRS GMR) has been included, which comprise four transceivers with each capable of running a different waveform.
The JTRS GMR links vehicles, soldiers and sensors together on more than 12 radio waveforms and communications bandwidths.
The army is networking mine-resistant vehicles as part of its brigade combat teams (BCT) modernisation programme.
Limited user tests for the JTRS GMR are scheduled to be carried out in August and September of 2010.
The army expects to equip the remaining MRAP all-terrain vehicles, Humvees and other tactical vehicles with the NIK kits allowing them to transfer data, including imagery, voice and both soldier and enemy position from any of the information systems on to the network.