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Integrated Radio/Antenna Arms Battlefield Network

Sept. 14, 2023
The StreamCaster Lite 4200 portable radio is an example of the integrated radio technology developed for battlefield use by Silvus Technologies.

This article is part of the TechXchange: Defense Electronics.

The U.S. Army Integrated Fires Mission Command (IFMC) is counting on an integrated antenna and mobile ad hoc network (MANET) radio design for reliable battlefield communications. Through a directed procurement to Northrop Grumman Corp., IFMC awarded a $35 million contract for the MANET Antenna Integrated Radio System (AIRS) from Silvus Technologies Inc..

The integrated system (see image above) is capable of 360-degree radio coverage for dependable battlefield communications even under hostile environmental conditions. It will be deployed in the U.S. Army’s Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS).

The AIRS is a modified version of the TRINITY Integrated Antenna and Radio System developed by Silvus Technologies. It links trilobe high-gain antenna arrays with StreamCaster MANET radios for extended radio coverage. With dual frequency bands, commanders have in-field flexibility to adapt to hostile conditions. The integrated radio system can establish a secure communications network even in dynamically changing operating environments.

Mike Kell, retired Signal Corps Colonel, and Director of Army Strategic Accounts for Silvis Technologies, said, “In partnership with Northop Grumman, Silvus is delivering on the U.S. Army’s Air and Missile Defense modernization strategy, to create an Integrated Battle Command System with low-latency, high-throughput C2 and communication capabilities.”

Concerning the radio system, he added, “Silvus’ innovative AIRS enables the fusing of multi-service sensors to multi-service weapons, demonstrating the Army’s contribution to Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) capabilities and enabling distributed operations.”

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About the Author

Jack Browne | Technical Contributor

Jack Browne, Technical Contributor, has worked in technical publishing for over 30 years. He managed the content and production of three technical journals while at the American Institute of Physics, including Medical Physics and the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. He has been a Publisher and Editor for Penton Media, started the firm’s Wireless Symposium & Exhibition trade show in 1993, and currently serves as Technical Contributor for that company's Microwaves & RF magazine. Browne, who holds a BS in Mathematics from City College of New York and BA degrees in English and Philosophy from Fordham University, is a member of the IEEE.

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