- Increase data rates by avoiding an extra network hop
- Overcome line-of-sight obstacles
- Extend the range of radio communications
- Cover "the last tactical mile"
Waveforms currently supported include SRW, ANW2, WNW, P2S, Tetra, SINCGARS, EPLRS, and cellular systems including UMTS 3G/4G.
|HARC-4S2U (similar to HARC-4S)
4-SINCGARS radios, 2-UHF radios
2-SINCGARS radios (retrans pair),
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The Army is using "RF-over-fiber” technology with both heritage and new radios to implement an aerial layer of aerostat-based communications in Afghanistan. Other applications of the same technology can decrease the risk of electronic detection of command posts (CP); reduce the threat to communication personnel and costly radio/crypto equipment; decrease CP set-up time; enable radio-antenna configurations that are otherwise impossible; and lower maintenance response times. The physics of relevant electro-optic components are introduced. System building blocks are introduced (e.g., lasers; detectors; optical fibers, connectors, circulators, splitters, amplifiers). System design examples are presented for specific tactical radios. The tutorial concludes with a discussion of system design issues for an aerial layer of communications relays.