Army equips MRAPs with next generation radios

Army equips MRAPs with next generation radios

The Army took another step toward deploying its next generation battlefield communications system outfitting the first five Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles set to deploy with the 10th Mountain Division to Afghanistan.

Called Capability Set 13, the Army has trumpeted the communication system that includes smartphones for squad leaders as an important step in establishing the Army’s Network — the service’s top modernization priority. The 10th Mountain Division will receive the radios, laptops, mission command software and the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) satellite communications suite in October.

Army officials equipped the MRAPs with the necessary ports, radios and laptops at the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center in Warren, Mich. The MRAPs will be shipped to Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., for testing before they arrive at Fort Drum, N.Y, with the 10th Mountain Division.

The 3rd and 4th Brigade Combat Team with the 10th Mountain Division will be the first to deploy with the next generation communications network designed to provide unprecedented levels of connectivity for infantry soldiers on the battlefield.

Engineers at TARDEC prototyped the five sets of MRAPs that will receive Capability Set 13: MRAP All Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) Soldier Network Extension (SNE), M-ATV Point of Presence (PoP), M-ATV Vehicular Wireless Package (VWP), M-ATV-Lite and MRAP MaxxPro Dash.

Soldiers tested Capability Set 13 during the Network Integration Evaluations at Fort Bliss, Texas, and White Sands Missile Range, N.M. Paul Wilson, director of Synchronized Fielding for the Army’s System of Systems Integration, credited the NIE with equipping the MRAPs as quickly as they did.

“In order to quickly get these capabilities to the field, we incorporated lessons learned from the NIEs that allowed us to streamline engineering, prototyping and production build designs near simultaneously,” Wilson said in a statement.

Army acquisition officials have credited the NIE for saving the Army Network and ensuring the service could deploy Capability Set 13 in 2013.

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I think the Army means the 10th NON-Mountain Division since they no longer retain that specialty over any other divsion in the Army. Good news about the radios. Hopefully they contribute to improving our SA and make our guys even more effective

Was that really necessary? We maintain the names for tradition, esprit de corps, and history. The 1st Armored Division has a Stryker brigade now, the 1st Cavalry Division doesn’t have any more cavalry than any other division and in fact has more tanks than 1st AD, the Cavalry Regiments all have Strykers and probably won’t be used for corps-level cavalry missions, we still call the 101st “Airborne” even though they haven’t been paratroopers in decades. Once upon a time these units did the jobs for which they are named and we like to remember that.

If you don’t think the 10th is mountain capable you don’t know much what’s been going on Afghanistan or Iraq for the last 11 years. Make that twenty years for that matter, the 10th in one of the most deployed units in the Army. People don’t seem to be able to comment on anything anymore without making some kind of cheap shot.

The next big challenge will be to find space in the vehicles for actual soldiers!

Hope these comms are AO wide, so everyone can talk to everypone Air Land Sea etc. So we can cancel the threat or lessen the threat of FF .…

Do these radios incorporate UWB capability? Pardon my ignorance!

I agree with Bronco46 and tmb2, cheap shot.

Cheap shot or not, the 10th (in which I proudly served as a light infantry rifle company commander) has apparently lost its identity. It was resurrected to be a “light” division; rapidly and easily deployable by air, and sustainable using a fraction of the assets and materiel required to logistically support other types of units. It appears the 10th has morphed into just another indistinguishable interchageable unit designation, as heavy or light as the present mission dictates and, and no more or less deployable or sustainable than any other similar sized unit. While I appreciate the esprit displayed above, Brandon was right. And as for the comment about the 10th being “one of the most deployed units in the Army”, BULL! All units depoly according to a rotation schedule that spreads the wealth equitably. Furthermore, personnel rotations in and out of Army units mean that while the “whiskey barrel” patch may have been seen deployed over and over, the soldiers wearing that patch were different every time. So the division’s history of deployments hardly informs or influences the current formation.

“Airborne” referred to glider infantry as well as paratroops, so one could argue that a nominally air-mobile division still qualifies. How long since the Northumberland Fusiliers exercised with matchlocks? Yes, I know they’re Brits and all, but my point is that the historical weight of a unit’s name should be duly considered.


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