US Army evaluates GD tactical network and radios during NIE 12.2

14 May 2012 (Last Updated May 14th, 2012 18:30)

The US Army is conducting operational testing of the several pieces of radio equipment built by General Dynamics during the Network Integration Exercise (NIE) 12.2.

The US Army is conducting operational testing of the several pieces of radio equipment built by General Dynamics during the Network Integration Exercise (NIE) 12.2.

Items being tested include the joint tactical radio system (JTRS), the HMS manpack and rifleman radios and the warfighter information network-tactical (WIN-T) increment 2 radios.

General Dynamics C4 Systems president Chris Marzilli said: "The HMS manpack and rifleman radios are the only tactical radios that have been 'systems under test' at the NIE 12.2 events.

"This means that detailed performance data, such as message completion rate, has been gathered and analysed by independent observers, while soldiers stress the system."

"This rigorous testing often reveals operational issues that are not evident in field or laboratory evaluations, which can then be addressed before products are deployed to the field."

WIN-T increment 2 and the JTRS manpack and rifleman radios form the baseline for the US Army's on-the-move tactical networking capabilities.

The JTRS HMS manpack radio provides line-of-sight and beyond-line-of-sight, high-bandwidth waveforms for on-the-move voice, sensor, data and position-location capabilities on soldiers or in vehicles.

"This rigorous testing often reveals operational issues that are not evident in field or laboratory evaluations, which can then be addressed before products are deployed to the field."

The two-channel networking manpack radio is also compatible with the army's existing communication devices, including interim radios that are not capable of meeting the networking requirements of the future forces.

The device was used in all three previous NIE exercises and is the only soldier radio waveform (SRW) radio undergoing multi-service operational test and evaluation at NIE 12.2.

More than 700 JTRS HMS networking radios are deployed for the exercise, including a Sidewinder accessory/rifleman radio combination, which provides power amplification in cases where size, weight and power limits integration options in vehicles requiring networked communications.

WIN-T increment 2 provides on-the-move capabilities to commanders and staff at division through company levels and also extends the network for brigade combat teams (BCTs) down to company level.

The AN/PRC-155 and PRC-154 radios are scheduled to be deployed, along with the first integrated group of network technologies to the army BCTs, towards the end of this year.

NIE 12.2 is being conducted at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, US and is scheduled to continue until the end of this month.