Wireless Terrorism On the Rise

Terrorists have long exploited the Internet as a means to try and attract recruits to their cause. During the attack on Mumbai in November 2008 the terrorists made extensive use of mobile phones they picked up from those they had killed to look at how the events were being portrayed by the international media. It became a way of emboldening them to continue the fight over the sixty-two hours it lasted. Those involved knew through social media they were having a dramatic impact on the world stage.

IDF to Spend $100 Million Modernizing its Secure Smartphones

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Israel’s Ministry of Defense and US based Motorola Solutions have signed an agreement for the procurement of 4G handsets for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). These new smartphones will replace about 10,000 TETRA based ‘Mountain Rose’ handsets operating over the military-owned cellular system since 2004. ‘Mountain Rose’ was developed by Motorola Solutions in 1999 and was first deployed in...

New IFF To Improve US-French Interoperability

The French Navy will improve its interoperability with the US Navy following upgrading of Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) systems on its fleet of three E-2C Hawkeye Airborne Early Warning & Control aircraft. The new system will improve commonality and interoperability with Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft currently being fielded with the US Navy. The U.S. Navy awarded a $34.5 million...

Falcon III Selected for Polish Tactical Radio Networks

Harris Corporation will supply the Polish Ministry of National Defense new radio sets under an order worth US$61 million. Poland is acquiring Harris Falcon III AN/PRC-117G manpack and AN/PRC-152A handheld radios for the next phase of its tactical radio modernization. These radios will provide Poland’s armed forces with secure wideband combat net radio, tactical satellite and ground-to-air communications. Both...

SOCOM Orders Falcon Wideband Tactical Radios for $36 Million

Harris Corporation has received $36 million in orders from U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to accelerate its deployment of an advanced wideband tactical communications system. The company will provide Falcon III wideband AN/PRC-117G manpack and AN/PRC-152A handheld radios that will sustain Special Operations Forces wireless broadband capabilities at remote locations independent of existing infrastructure. “Our Falcon radios wirelessly extend the reach of network services such as...

Samsung is now cleared for use in the U.S. government

The handset maker announced that its Knox-enabled mobile devices have been approved by the Pentagon for government use. Samsung's Knox software offers high-level encryption, a VPN feature, and a way to separate personal data from work data. The software also enables IT administrators to manage a mobile device through specific policies. A little earlier , the Pentagon gave the same...

Bionic Ears Provide Combat Advantage, Hearing Protection for the Warfighter

Warfighters pay a high price for lack of auditory protection, but often they consider such price justified, for it keeps them sharp to react quickly and effectively, thus staying alive in combat. Sharpening the warfighter's hearing while while protecting them from short and long terms risks, next generation of hearing protection are expected soon at a battlefield near you...

Tata Power SED, Rockwell Collins Team to Win the Indian Air Force Software Defined Radio Program

Rockwell Collins and Tata Power Strategic Engineering Division (Tata Power SED) are teaming to jointly pursue of the Indian Air Force Software Defined Radio program due for selection in the near future.

IAF Looks at Ad-Hoc Networking for Future Communications

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is planning to deploy an advanced communications network, the MOD has invited several international companies to participate in an international tender to offer software defined radio based communications for the networks’ airborne and ground based segments. Initial testing are expected to commence in February 2013. The companies competing in this program are IAI and...

SOCOM Extends WAVE Licensing for Cross-Network Interoperability

The U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) recently licensed Twisted Pair Solutions’ WAVE software for use throughout the Command. The application enables warfighters, public-safety professionals, government agents and commercial organizations to communicate instantly with their teams, regardless radio system compatibility.

US Army to Evaluate Tactical Routers for Combat Vehicles

The U.S. Army, through the System of Systems Integration (SoSI) Directorate, plans to evaluate the use of tactical routers on vehicles. Such routers will enable multiple users and systems on board and nearby combat vehicles to access vehicular networks and distributed IP based services while maintaining high level of security.

WIN-T – The Army’s Tactical Backbone

WIN-T Increment 2 gear tested on an M-ATV during the Network Integration Evaluation exercise, 2011.
Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) and its latest incremental upgrade known as Increment 2 (WIN-T Inc 2) are a central part of CS-13. It will also provide all Army units a common networking baseline layer, enabling full connectivity between units utilizing new generation systems (JTRS, AWN2, etc) and those that still rely on legacy systems (SINCGARS etc), allowing each unit to use its equipment with utmost efficiency and capacity.

Elbit Systems Extends Dismounted C2 System to Infantry Squads and SF Teams

PNR-1000A network radio and the Raptor computing device are the two main elements of Elbit Systems' new Dominator II LD optimized for squad-level C2. The gross weight of the system is 2.2 pounds - less than one kilogram. Photo: Elbit Systems
Elbit Systems of Israel has introduced a subset of the Dominator IICS integrated combat system designed for the dismounted soldier.

WIN-T Increment 2 Cleared for Deployment

Soldiers from 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, stand before a Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 2 Point of Presence platform, May 17, 2012, during the WIN-T Increment 2 Initial Operational Test and Evaluation at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. Photo: Amy Walker, U.S. Army
The Army awarded General Dynamics C4 Systems a $346 million delivery order to procure the WIN-T Inc 2 network for additional Brigade Combat Teams and Division Headquarters units. The system completed its Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) during the Army's Network Integration Evaluation 12.2 this summer.