Army wants 4G LTE for warfighter network
- By Mark Pomerleau
- Jan 22, 2016
The Army is seeking industry input as it improves its wireless communications. In a mid-January request for information, the Army said it is looking for commercial off-the-shelf 4th generation long term evolution – commonly known as 4G LTE – cellular transmission systems to boost its current communication capabilities as well as extend network services to the field through modular, scalable and interoperable nodes.
Ultimately, warfighters should be able to securely transmit voice, possibly sensor information and data to command elements and unit leaders from cellular data devices and specially equipped tactical vehicles with cellular base stations.
The envisioned cellular transmission infrastructure will provide network extension and flexibly to the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T), the Army’s future and tactical communications network backbone. Additionally, this modernization will provide data transmission that is interoperable with Special Operations Forces communications systems and commercial communication architectures.
According to the Army’s notice, current cellular data devices are not support by WIN-T. This “critical gap in communications” has currently been met by commercial off-the-shelf technologies. However, incorporating cellular service into the future WIN-T will produce a permanent solution that directly links soldiers at the tactical formation with their expeditionary information network.
Responses are due Feb. 2.
Mark Pomerleau is a former editorial fellow with GCN and Defense Systems.