BETHESDA, Md. – The world’s largest defense contractor is working with the largest wireless provider in the United States to develop technology for a military 5G mobile network. American Military News reports. Continue reading original article
The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:
12 Nov. 2021 -- The agreement between Lockheed Martin Corp. and Verizon comes after the two companies linked a commercial 5G mobile wireless network with a military communications network used by fighter jets to send and receive targeting coordinates.
The test’s secret sauce is a special Lockheed-made communications gateway that enables the two networks to connect to one another. In many cases, military weapons use disparate military datalinks, which are specialized modems that cannot connect to one another. The gateway acts as a translator between these different networks.
The Lockheed-Verizon agreement is largely focused on research-and-development, but it could expand in the future.
John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics