Military radio communications soldier waveforms demonstrated during Sept. military exercise

FORT WAYNE, Ind., 22 Dec. 2009. Experts from the U.S. Army and defense radio communications industry demonstrated Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW) 1.0c networking at a major military radio exercise for the first time last September on several networks in simulated military missions, say officials from ITT Communications Systems in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Dec 22nd, 2009

Posted by John Keller

FORT WAYNE, Ind., 22 Dec. 2009. Experts from the U.S. Army and defense radio communications industry demonstrated Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW) 1.0c networking at a major military radio exercise for the first time last September on several networks in simulated military missions, say officials from ITT Communications Systems in Fort Wayne, Ind.

The company demonstrated SRW 1.0c during Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) On-the-Move (OTM) Integrated Capabilities Event 2009 (E09) Sept. 8 to 10 at Fort Dix, N.J. ITT designed SRW 1.0C is scalable military communications software that can expand without dramatically increasing network management overhead during network-centric warfare operations.

The Soldier Radio Waveform is a low-power, short-range software defined radio (SDR) networking waveform optimized for small, lightweight radios designed for infantrymen and other users who need small portable tactical radios. A radio waveform is a software application that defines the parameters of a particular radio system.

Today's software-defined radios essentially are communications computers that can load different waveforms to change their functionality to match the needs of different missions and operating environments.

ITT also demonstrated its SideHat radio and wearable soldier radio terminal (WSRT) at C4ISR OTM E09. SideHat is a plug-in that adds a Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS)-compliant second channel to the ITT Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS).

The WSRT is a lightweight surrogate rifleman radio designed to allow infantry soldiers and Marines to communicate among themselves and surrounding vehicles, sensors, and unmanned vehicles, and was used to develop the Soldier Radio Waveform.

ITT's SideHat and WSRT radios provided data transport backbone and voice capability over five inter-networked SRW networks in support of Unified Battle Command (UBC) experimentation during C4ISR OTM E09. The SRW networks also communicated with Wideband Networking Waveform (WNW) and Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) networks.

ITT radios supported vehicle communications, robotic experiments, unattended ground sensors, augmented reality, ground-to-air, and ground soldier experiments and performed well during C4ISR OTM E09, ITT officials say.

For more information contact ITT Communications Systems online at www.cs.itt.com.

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