ITT Exelis upgrades SpearNet
ITT Exelis has upgraded its handheld SpearNet radio with enhancements that further extend its capabilities beyond competitor offerings. SpearNet is a high throughput radio that provides large amounts of voice, data and video communications over a self-forming and selfhealing ad hoc network.
The first enhancement allows the radio to move around the battlefield in a cellular-like fashion while maintaining communications without reconfiguration or dropped calls. Well-known for its ability to move large amounts of data, Exelis also improved on this already strong SpearNet capability in the second enhancement by greatly increasing its data transfer rate. When compared to fielded dismounted technology, SpearNet—using wideband direct sequence spread spectrum—provides users with two to eight times the amount of voice, data and video that can be moved from the dismounted soldier to the commander. This is more throughput that any other military radio used by dismounted forces today, ITT Exelis claimed.