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Army wants jungle radio

Jun. 19, 2014
 
The Army is seeking radio technology that can penetrate thick jungle canopy.
The Army is seeking radio technology that can penetrate thick jungle canopy. (1LT Zachary E. Kohl/Army)

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The U.S. Army wants to be able to communicate through thick jungle canopies.

"The deep jungle canopy forms a natural radio frequency barrier blocking transmissions both into and out of the biologic mass," according to the Army’s small business innovation research solicitation.

Whip antennas won't penetrate the jungle canopy. So the Army wants a different approach, and one that is ruggedized, man-portable, and can transmit and receive both voice and data. "The solution may be either wireless or tethered; but the goal is to reduce the dwell time at a particular location while providing the capability to transmit/receive on the move, or with minimum delay," the Army said.

The desired bandwidth is 2MHz to 60 MHz. The Army anticipates that the technology could also be marketed to hikers traveling in remote regions.

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