Vehicle-Mounted Radio Amplifies Networks on the Go
Sidewinder radio mount easily extends software defined radio network in critical missions
The name “Sidewinder” conjures up images of a snake that moves in an easy motion thought to give it an advantage in moving rapidly. Well, the new Sidewinder vehicle mount provides the on-the-move advantage for voice and data communication — just without the snake!
The Sidewinder mount extends the Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW) network to the vehicle environment by connecting a handheld radio, such as the AN/PRC-154 Rifleman Radio or Nett Warrior Radio, with a HMS high power amplifier and allowing the radio to operate from vehicle power while boosting the transmit power by a factor of 4 and extending network range.
Reports coming out of the U.S. Army Network Integration Exercises are positive on the Sidewinder vehicle mount and its ability to amplify the signal on the move.
Here are some other advantages to using the Sidewinder vehicle mount:
- Provides a cost-effective solution for using a single-channel soldier radio waveform (SRW) in vehicles
- Offers “jerk and run” capability for dismounted operations without losing connection to the network
- Adds significant range extension for SRW radio networks
- Interfaces with vehicle intercom systems
- Minimizes logistics by modernizing existing infrastructure with SRW capability using existing inventory of Rifleman radios
- Compatible with current vehicular mounting adaptors, computers, and data devices