USAF personnel

Cambium Networks’ point-to-point (PTP) 45600 high capacity line-of-sight (HCLOS) radio has been selected by the US Air Force (USAF) for its Theater Deployable Communications Program Management Office (TDC PMO) programme.

Under the programme, the PTP 45600 HCLOS radio will replace the air force’s conventional radio frequency module (RFM) backhaul radio to offer reliable and secure voice, video and data functions for both deployed soldiers and first response missions anywhere across the globe.

Supported by General Dynamics, the TDC is a tri-service tactical communications (TRI-TAC) system designed to help USAF units to rapidly and securely transmit information through wireless, satellite or wireline systems.

General Dynamics Information Technology vice president Dan Ayer said the PTP 45600 has already provided the US Department of Defense (DoD) with reliable communications for many situation-aware networks that safeguard warfighters in the battlefield.

"Under the programme, the PTP 45600 HCLOS radio will replace the air force’s conventional radio frequency module backhaul radio."

"The TDC PMO would only accept as its next RFK radio a device that was proven to be rugged and capable in the most extreme conditions," Ayer added.

Cambium Networks federal markets director Rob Miller said: "Air force’s TDC PMO is an essential communications programme that validates our investment to deliver radios that are ideal for national defense and law enforcement."

Selected and validated as part of the USAF Electronic Service Center’s (ESC) Innovative Challenge, the PTP 45600 radio further boosts the range and throughput performance for TDC PMO terrestrial communications.

Considered the primary wireless transport solution for many theatre-deployed situational awareness programmes, the radio is the only commercially-available broadband wireless Fixed Network Element (F-NE) solution certified on the DoD’s Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) UC-APL.

Capable of supporting stringent requirements, the PTP 45600 offers high connectivity and backhaul even in challenging high-interference and non-line-of-sight environments.

The TDC programme primarily focuses on providing new commercial off the shelf (COTS) technologies that can be rapidly deployed and are easily adaptable to specific military contingencies, while also lowering airlift and manpower requirements.

Image: USAF Theater Deployable Communications Wireless Distribution Module Team members set up equipment in preparation for testing in California, US.

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