Harris has completed testing of the mid-tier networking vehicular radio (MNVR) system at the US Army’s Network Integration Evaluation 15.2 held at Fort Bliss, Texas, US.
The MNVR limited user test (LUT) validated the ability of soldiers at the company level to effectively use the radio to talk and transfer data, images, and video to battalion and brigade levels.
During the trial, the radio was tested using 23 different cases that ensured the network routing was properly configured.
Harris RF Communications Department of Defense Business president George Helm said:"These tests are important because they subject the radios to a wide range of operational and environmental conditions that soldiers may face during real-world missions.
"The MNVR LUT is a great example of the benefits of defence marketplace competition because it demonstrates the value of private sector innovation to quickly bring better solutions from concept to fielding."
Communications officer lieutenant colonel Stephen Dail 1st Armoured Division (2/1 AD) 2nd Brigade Combat Team S6 said: "MNVR meets the need of getting data down to the soldiers.
"The fact that you have the ability to push out data from locations in the field and graphically get that information back to higher headquarters, which has the expertise to examine it and potentially get information back to the soldiers while they’re still on the ground so they can react, is a game changer."
The LUT used battlefield conditions to determine how the wideband networking waveform (WNW) and soldier radio waveform (SRW) would perform with regard to message completion rates, latency, and voice quality.
Leveraging WNW and SRW, the MNVR operates as a node in a mobile network, so the data can hop from one MNVR system to another until it reaches its destination.
The company aims to review the results and incorporate changes as necessary before the start of initial operation test and evaluation in the spring of 2016.
Image: A US soldier operates the MNVR during a trial at the Army’s Electronic Proving Ground in Maryland, US. Photo: courtesy of US Army.