The Army is making new network technology acquisition a top priority as the war in Afghanistan winds down, AOL Defense reports.
The Army expects Nett Warrior and WIN-T Increment 2 to instantly connect four-man infantry teams and division headquarters.
Active duty brigades could receive the systems by this fall.
The Army wants the new technologies to quickly transfer voice data and imagery, AOL reported.
NETT Warrior is a digital communication package for troops on foot.
The system plugs into the Rifleman radio, a Joint Tactical Radio System, and connects with with the Army’s digital network.
Soldiers said they were unhappy with the device after a November test and the military is developing a new model to test in May.
Once complete, the system will be distributed to leaders of four-man teams and larger formations, according to AOL.
Earlier this month the Air Force purchased 18,000 iPads for its air crews under a $9.36 million contract.
The Navy also recently submitted a request for proposal for iPad support services.
The will be awarded through its $10 billion Next Generation Enterprise Network contract vehicle.