Navy struggles with 4G LTE at sea
C4ISR & Networks
January 23, 2015
Almost a year after its first successful pilot of a ship-to-ship high-bandwidth, high-speed telecommunications network, the Navy continues to explore a range of challenges in taking 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) afloat.
Navy has good cause to pursue LTE, which can deliver an improved level of tactical awareness by enabling seamless sharing of video and other data between vessels afloat as well as aircraft. “When an individual marine or sailor can see what is going on, the unknown goes away and it makes him more potent as a war fighter,” said John Torres, director of Fleet/Force Advisors for NAVAIR’s Integrated Warfighting Capability Rapid Response Project Management Office.
Despite potential advantages, the service faces a range of issues that challenge the deployment of such networks in ship-to-ship scenarios.
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