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StreamCaster MANET Radio Selected for US Army Tactical Network

Published: 05 Oct 2020 by

Silvus StreamCaster MIMO radiosSilvus Technologies has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army to provide its StreamCaster commercial mobile ad hoc network (MANET) radio for the Army’s Middle-Tier Integrated Tactical Network (ITN). The radios were selected under the Capability Set 21 Critical Design Review to connect key command and control nodes, and were chosen due to both their self-organizing network capabilities designed to operate in multiple spectrum bands at high data rates, and their interference mitigation capabilities.

StreamCaster will be deployed in both mobile and at-the-halt configurations, providing a continuity of operations for tactical forces that was previously unattainable with the singular reliance on at-the-halt communications infrastructure. The radios will also support the initial ITN fielding to four infantry brigade combat teams.

This $3 million order follows Silvus’ recent successful demonstration of a 140-node network working in a narrow band network to deliver large volumes of position and location information in a company-scale formation over operational distances. The demonstration was performed in support of the Army’s Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) program.

Mike Kell, Silvus Director of Army Strategic Accounts and Retired Signal Corps Colonel, commented: “The Silvus StreamCaster radio provides robust, high bandwidth connectivity for the Army with a MANET waveform that has been proven effective on the ground, underground, and in the air and sea. In concert with the S&T and PEO communities, we continue to improve the MN-MIMO waveform’s ability to thrive in congested and contested environments, which is critical to today’s Army.”

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