Lockheed Martin develops wireless broadband network for battlefield communications

Lockheed Martin has developed what is called a persistent wireless broadband network available to soldiers on the battlefield for tactical use.

Lockheed Martin describes its new Monax communications system as a combination of smartphone technology and highly portable network infrastructure. "With the Monax system, we'll be able to place smartphone technology in the hands of warfighters with a private network they can take anywhere," said Gerry Fasano, president of Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions-Defense, in a press release. "This affordable system will reduce time spent searching for information, improve battlefield communications and situational awareness and increase mission effectiveness through more informed decision making."

The new system connects a commercial off-the-shelf smartphone to a ground or airborne 3G base station with a Monax Lynx portable sleeve. This enables the warfighter to use a single touch screen device for mission communications. The system is designed to be frequency flexible and connect hundreds of users to a single base station using a secure RF link.

Lockheed Martin also has its own app store with applications available for mission reporting, situational awareness, command and control, facial recognition, cyber security situational awareness and protection, enterprise intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data access.

For more:
- see this release

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