Raytheon has completed demonstration of the US Army’s soldier radio waveform (SRW) on its new family of airborne and ground radio terminals, marking a significant milestone towards deployment of the systems.
Conducted as part of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Joint Tactical Networking Center’s (JTNC) certification process, troops successfully sent voice and data traffic between Raytheon’s terminal and another radio running SRW during the demonstration.
Raytheon network centric systems business integrated communication systems vice president Scott Whatmough said the SRW demonstration would enable the company to use its common radio architecture in the next-generation ground and airborne radios.
"The demonstration underscores Raytheon’s commitment to advanced multi-waveform software defined radios, providing interoperability to the warfighter," Whatmough added.
Raytheon is also planning to field the radio systems in forthcoming interoperability tests with the government.
The ground radio, known as the mobile ad hoc interoperability network gateway (Maingate), as well as the next-generation mobile ad hoc networking waveform (NMW) have been used by operational troops for more than two years, while the airborne radios are installed onboard the army’s helicopters and unmanned aircraft.
NMR has been specifically designed for operation on low-cost and power-consumption, as well as reduced size radios, delivering the required wideband networking capability.
In addition to SRW and NMR, the radios are also capable of running narrowband and networking waveforms and the future mobile user objective system (MUOS) waveform from the JTNC library.
MAINGATE is currently being targeted for the army’s mid-tier network, and is scheduled to undergo evaluation for the same at its Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) 13.1 exercise, to be held at Fort Bliss in Texas, US, over the next month.