Harris Corp. and Cubic Corp. are developing technology that enhances battlefield intelligence by distributing video collected by unmanned aerial system (UAS) and then transmitted targeted data across U.S. military wideband ground tactical communication networks.
The system utilizes advanced transceiver technology for receiving video from UAS platforms with the Harris Falcon III AN/PRC-117G open-standard wideband tactical radio, the companies say.
Current technology using intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) data and ground tactical communications is handled via separate and frequently non-interoperable technologies. The Harris and Cubic technology combines the two in a single system that links high-bandwidth video into wideband voice and data radio networks improving situational awareness while lightening the soldier's communications burden, according to the companies.
Brendan O'Connell, president, Department of Defense business, Harris RF Communications said, “Marrying CDL ISR technology with our first-of-its-kind wideband networking radio provides warfighters with a solution that is highly scalable and is interoperable with major UAV platforms, which will result in significantly improved situational awareness.”