US Army tactical radio

Harris’s solution for the US Army’s mid-tier networking vehicle radio (MNVR) programme has successfully completed testing with the US Government wideband networking waveform (WNW).

The US Department of Defense (DoD) built WNW was used by the company for delivery of data messages through its MNVR radio systems during the testing carried out at the Space and Navy Warfare Command Systems Center-Atlantic and at Fort Huachuca in Arizona, US.

During testing, the company successfully achieved the required communication rate of 2mbps between separate Harris MNVR systems and with other radios, including the AN-VRC-107 ground mobile radio.

The MNVR radio also used WNW over the ‘L-Band’ frequency range, which was set aside by the DoD for supply of greater spectrum for wideband data communications.

Harris RF Communications Department of Defense business president George Helm said the company was currently expanding its ability in deployment of National Security Agency (NSA) Type-1 certified radios using open-standard government wideband waveforms.

"Harris has demonstrated that it is the low-risk solution for MNVR."

"We were instrumental in the rollout and deployment of the soldier radio waveform, and are well on our way to repeating this success with WNW," Helm added. "Harris has demonstrated that it is the low-risk solution for MNVR."

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Harris MNVR radio system uses the company’s internal research and development investments in wideband tactical networking technologies.

Developed by the DoD’s Joint Tactical Networking Center, WNW is designed to function as a building block in the deployment of joint tactical wideband communications across the Army Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs).

Launched by the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Joint Program Executive Office (JPEO) in November 2011, MNVR programme aims to acquire a total of 800 to 1,000 new low cost, vehicle-mounted, software-defined radio systems to equip eight to ten BCTs in 2014.

Image: JTRS joint program executive officer brigadier general Michael Williamson discussing radio performance with a US Army personnel. Photo: courtesy of JPEO JTRS.

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