US-based Sherpa 6 has collaborated with global company JMA Wireless to showcase the tactical applications of a private 5G mobile network for American frontline troops.

The demonstration was carried out by the Sherpa 6 member Vince Graffagnino-led network team at the company’s facility near Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Several military applications and programmes were held at the facility to showcase how the JMA-based architecture designed by Sherpa 6 can deliver operational and tactical efficiency benefits for frontline soldiers.

During the daylong event, JMA’s 5G standalone wireless network was connected to the US Army’s Integrated Tactical Network (ITN), mounted on a tactical MRZR vehicle.

The event also showed that ITN’s strategic applications for the soldiers can be expanded through reduced latency and the significant increase in bandwidth offered by 5G wireless.

The demonstration was carried out under the direction of Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (OUSD) R&E 5G Tactical Applications director Dr Dilip Guha.

Dr Dilip Guha said: “This programme is funded to show edge computing capability for Joint All Domain C2 (JADC2)/ITN Intelligent Nodes at the tactical edge, supported by 5G high-bandwidth and low latency transport, and BLOS reach back to the warfighter to perform manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) and sensor-to-shooter operations.”

The OUSD has funded the effort and the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DevCom) is managing it.

Some of the capabilities highlighted at the event include video and machine learning algorithms, sensor-to-shooter applications, tracking in real-time, and Watchtower, a mobile device security application.

JMA Wireless GM Rishi Bhaskar said: “Together, our 100% US-based team is making private 5G possible for those on the frontlines, connecting soldiers in ways and places that weren’t possible before.”