Raytheon Co. has tested its mobile radio system intended to send data to combat vehicles in a move to ensure it fulfills the U.S. Army’s requirements for a wireless Internet connection.
The battlefield radio EXF1915 is designed to help soldiers communicate through email and chat messages as well as gain access to the military’s Web portal, Raytheon said Friday.
The company upgraded its Enhanced Position Location Reporting System radios to develop the EXF1915, which underwent transmission tests on the 4th Brigade 2nd Infantry Division Stryker Brigade Combat Team at Fort Irwin, Calif.
“Prior to the installation of the EPLRS ES network, this level of tactical internet communications was limited to fixed tactical operations centers using the pre-existing infrastructure on forward operating bases and combat outposts in the Panjwa’I District of Kandahar, Afghanistan,” said Col. Michael Getchell, commander of 4/2 SBCT.
The Army purchased more than 28,000 EPLRS radios and used these tools in combat operations throughout Afghanistan, Raytheon said.
“EPLRS has served the Army well over the years, and now it can be converted to the new EXF1915 to help the service quickly and inexpensively network a fleet of combat vehicles,” said Scott Whatmough, vice president of integrated communication systems for Raytheon’s space and airborne systems.
The MR-150, which uses the next generation mobile ad hoc network waveform, also complements the EXF1915 to help fulfill the Army’s networking requirements, according to the company.