GD New Sidewinder Vehicle Mount Turns Military Vehicles into Network Nodes
- Sidewinder Vehicle Mount and AN/PRC-154 Rifleman radio team up as cost-effective, easy-to-use solution for Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW) network connectivity in military vehicles
"The Sidewinder Vehicle Mount is a stellar example of how the rapid acquisition process can work to equip military users with network connectivity in virtually any military vehicle," said Chris Brady, vice president of Assured Communications for General Dynamics C4 Systems. "Moreover, the Sidewinder-Rifleman radio combination costs two-thirds less than legacy 'manpack' solutions and it easily loads the voice, video and data communications capabilities into tactical vehicles."
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The Sidewinder's hardware assembly includes the 20-watt power amplifier from another JTRS HMS radio, the AN/PRC-155 and connectors that work with the vehicles' existing intercom systems and are compatible with standard mounting trays that most vehicles already have in place.
The Sidewinder-Rifleman radio combination has been selected by the Army for evaluation at the upcoming Network Integration Exercise (NIE) 12.1. The exercise takes place in October and November 2011 at White Sands Missile Range in White Sands, N.M., and concurrently at Fort Bliss, Texas.
Source : General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD)