The US Army has unveiled an MPK designed to streamline communication across different languages during multinational military exercises.  

This kit was showcased during the Saber Strike 24 exercise, part of the DEFENDER-Europe 24 series, where precise coordination between forces is crucial. 

The MPK, a central element of the Extending the Network initiative, comprises three main applications, as reported by SPC Andrew Clark. 

It includes Wickr for end-to-end encrypted messaging, Instant Connect Enterprise (ICE) for voice interoperability, and a Tactical Assault Kit (TAK) compatible with various operating systems such as Windows, Apple and Android devices. 

Additionally, the kit includes a Radio Integrated Communications Suite (RICS) to enhance connectivity. 

Wickr provides a secure platform for sharing data and coordinating with tactical mission data platforms in the field, according to US Army 1st lieutenant Joshua Chang of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment.  

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The RICS kit, paired with the ICE application, enables conversion of FM wavelength into internet protocol data, reducing equipment needs and extending communication networks. 

Chang explains the practicality of the system, where a German soldier can speak in their language and US forces can receive the translated message in English.  

The TAK component is essential for real-time tracking of friend and foe positions, allowing for dynamic collaboration and updates on the battlefield. 

Chang added: “Extending the Network allows our mission partners to communicate with us. The MPK allows us to quickly, safely and securely provide our mission partners with voice, chat, collaboration and location-sharing capabilities.” 

The MPK also integrates with the US Army 2nd Cavalry Regiment’s tactical network end-user devices, enhancing situational awareness for all members.  

This technological advancement represents a step forward in military communication, offering strategic benefits and fostering cooperation with allied nations. 

A cyber warfare officer supporting 2CR said: “The concept behind MPK from the interoperability perspective is to simplify access for our tactical forces, whether it is a foreign partner or ourselves. 

“Because what we have done is we have simplified and increased access. By simplifying it, we have introduced applications that are familiar to the users.”