ITT Exelis has developed the SideHat and Soldier Radio-Rifleman radio system designed to support the U.S. Army's tactical communications network.
Exelis built the SideHat radio to attach and provide second channel to the single channel ground and airborne radio systems vehicular radios and receive the Army's standard soldier radio waveform, the company said Monday.
SideHat is designed to help field soldiers connect with vehicle-mounted colleagues through voice and data in a larger network.
“With SideHat, we can leverage the Army's large installed base of SINCGARS radios,“ said Nick Bobay, president and general manager of Exelis night vision and tactical communications systems.
The National Security Agency also approved the SideHat and the SR-R radios, allowing the system to integrate into the Army's network.
SideHat provides up to four channels, two SRW and two VHF, Exelis said.