ITT Ex­elis up­grades SpearNet

SP's LandForces - - SHOW REPORT / INTERVIEW -

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.

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