Military forces around the globe are rapidly modernizing their communications equipment. In many cases, the replacement takes the forces from simple (even analog) voice communications to modernized, digital communications formats which are more secure and reliable.
These changes to military communications are also driven by the need for network-centric architectures, instead of one-on-one communication, so allowing unattended sensors, UAVs, and weapons platforms to provide data to the network for multiple users to download.
Along with the increased scope of data to be communicated, there is a need for multiple platforms to interoperate. Tactical radios at the “edge” of the network (i.e. at the front lines) increasingly need access to the rich data available on the network.
Between the high-end Programs of Record (such as JTRS) and COTS hardware, Software Defined Radio (SDR) techniques are becoming standard in tactical radios for military communications.
Most radios for tactical communications, including radios embedded in sensors and UAVs, countermeasures for Improved Explosive Devices (IEDs), Homeland Security, and even some radar countermeasures utilize programmable logic in the radio chain. The flexibility of programmable radio devices such as FPGAs and DSPs in these platforms allows for adaptation such as frequency hopping, changes in modulation and/or encryption for tactical communications, and varying bandwidth to accommodate different modes of operation.
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