17 Dec 09. ITT Corporation announced today that the company successfully demonstrated Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW) 1.0c networking functionality in a variety of venues while taking part in Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and
Reconnaissance (C4ISR) On-The-Move Event 09 conducted by US Army
Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center at Fort Dix, N.J. The tests marked the first deployment of SRW 1.0c on multiple networks in simulated military missions.
The SRW Version 1.0C networking waveform represents the most advanced communications waveform of its kind. It passed Formal Qualification Tests (FQT) in January 2009 and was the first qualified Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) waveform to reach Software Communications Architecture 2.2.2 compliance. It was then delivered to the JTRS repository and represents the reference waveform functionality for performance, networking and porting onto various radio types.
“Successful field trials of ITT’s Soldier Radio Waveform confirmed its sophisticated and robust performance capabilities across a series of challenging battlefield environments,” said Ken Peterman, president, ITT Communications Systems. “SRW, as well as our latest hardware, demonstrates ITT’s consistent leadership in developing affordable, low-risk communications solutions to the global defense market.”
ITT also demonstrated its cost-efficient SideHat radio and Wearable Soldier Radio Terminal (WSRT) at the experiment. The ITT SideHat radio is a plug-in that economically adds a JTRS-compliant second channel to the ITT Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS). This second channel capability spread across a large installed base on more than 100 vehicle platforms could allow for a smooth transition to JTRS radios as they are fielded. The WSRT is a lightweight surrogate Rifleman Radio designed to allow dismounted soldiers to communicate among themselves and surrounding vehicles, sensors, and unmanned vehicles. The WSRT was used throughout the development of SRW, to include the development and testing of the latest 1.0c version of SRW.
ITT’s SideHat and WSRT radios provided data transport backbone and voice capability over five inter-networked SRW networks in support of Unified Battle Command (UBC) experimentation during C4ISR On-the-Move Event 09. The SRW networks also successfully communicated with Wideband Networking Waveform (WNW) and Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) networks, marking the first integrated testing of these different military waveforms. ITT radios supported vehicle communications, robotic experiments, unattended ground sensors, augmented reality, ground-to-air, and ground soldier experiments and performed well during the experiment. Experiments also included ITT radios mounted in an AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter and a lighter-than air airship to demonstrate SRW networking with airborne nodes.