Harris Corporation (News - Alert), a global supplier of secure radio communications and embedded high-grade encryption solutions for military, government and commercial organizations, has introduced a new tactical cellular manpack that provides war fighters with high-bandwidth connectivity and enables the use of smart apps at the tactical edge of the battlefield.
The new KnightLite system is based on Universal Mobile Telecommunications System technology and helps ensure cost-effective deployment. The solution complements primary radio communications and provides war fighters on the move with cellular connectivity in locations with limited or no infrastructure.
In addition to voice, high-speed data, video, and SMS messaging, the KnightLite system supports high-speed packet access, allowing for dynamic allocation of data resources to mobile devices and efficient utilization of bandwidth, so more devices can access the network simultaneously. It is compatible with commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) smartphones and tablets.
KnightLite can operate autonomously or as a scalable network for increased coverage. With the availability of inexpensive COTS smartphones and tablets along with simultaneous high-bandwidth access for multiple users, war fighters can remain safe and on-task, minimize loss of life and enhance mission effectiveness and success.
Additionally, the offering delivers high data rates and has the ability to operate over a wide temperature range in harsh environments. KnightLite features the same weight and form factor as today’s tactical manpack radios. Its innovative design is also compatible with existing tactical radio batteries, antennas and accessories, and can be installed in tactical radio mounts for vehicular operations.
“KnightLite has the same key functionality as KnightHawk, but in a form that supports dismounted operations in remote and rugged locations where warfighters often have to travel by foot,” said Sheldon Fox, group president, Harris Government Communications Systems (News - Alert), in a statement. “In addition to our tactical radios, troops will also be able to carry the latest 3G and 4G LTE (News - Alert) networking systems, enabling the use of smartphones and tablets such as our RF-3590.”
Recently, Harris Corporation unveiled the Liberty-Radio Control Equipment (RCE), a product that provides aviation authorities with next-generation capabilities of combined radio control, network routing, and circuit adaptation solutions.