Stryker vehicle

Exelis has completed the integration of its Global Network On The Move Active Distribution (GNOMAD) system into the first US Army Stryker armored fighting vehicle during the recent Army Expeditionary Warfighting Experiment (AEWE), held at Fort Benning in Georgia, US.

Equipped with a fully on-the-move capable satellite antenna and RF components, the GNOMAD is a satellite communications (SATCOM) on-the-move (OTM) system, and provides a robust command, control, communications and intelligence (C3I ) capability that currently supports US deployed forces on other platforms.

Exelis Night Vision and Communications Solutions division president Nick Bobay said GNOMAD is a proven solution that is ideal for the difficult communications environment daily encountered by the users operate on deployments.

"As a leader in tactical networking for the US military and its international allies, we are proud to have had GNOMAD deployed in a combat environment where ease of use, multiple vehicle integration and dependable communications are critical," Bobay said.

"GNOMAD is also providing direct support to forces in South Korea, Afghanistan and other Middle Eastern areas of operations."

Specifically, the system delivers a combat-proven, reliable, easy-to-use, modular off-the-shelf commercial communications system that fully integrates into a broad spectrum of armoured combat vehicles, such as high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle (HMMWV), mine resistant ambush protected (MRAPs), MRAP all-terrain vehicle (MATVs), SUVs, as well as military platforms of all types and sizes.

Having supported the 4th Infantry Division during deployment to Iraq in a variety of vehicle types and used in support of domestic emergency operations, GNOMAD is also providing direct support to forces in South Korea, Afghanistan and other Middle Eastern areas of operations.

Considered a live component of the US Army Training and Doctrine Command’s live, virtual and constructive experimentation strategy, AEWE brings the army science and technology community together with industry to evaluate emerging technologies for the battlefield.

Image: A US Army Stryker vehicle at Fort Irwin National Training Center in California, US. Photo: courtesy of Jarek Tuszynski (Jarekt).

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