The active trial of SlingShot will be for BLOS, Communications on the Move (COTM), interoperability from a HMMWV traveling at speed, utilizing a SlingShot vehicle system connected to a military in-service UHF radio.
Communications are also to be achieved throughout the extensive Ft Benning training area where LOS (Line of Sight) is difficult, and also over larger distances, potentially many hundreds of miles more if required.
Proving SlingShot’s Interoperability
Evaluating SlingShot’s Interoperability capabilities will be done by attempting communications between a VHF vehicle system, utilising a lower powered commercial radio, to a UHF military manpack system connected to an in-service military radio.
Negating the need for hill top repeater sites
During the trials, SlingShot aims to negate the requirement for hill top repeater sites to extend radio communications and the associated manning; provision of power, force protection and resupply, by demonstrating its ability to communicate at extended BLOS ranges in tactical situations when other LOS communications systems have failed.
Interoperability is a vital necessity between different Coalition communications systems. SlingShot will deploy in a number of operationally challenging scenarios requiring BLOS COTM, whilst employing different military UHF/VHF radio systems and VHF commercial systems.
Although aircraft and maritime assets are not available for AEWE 2019, SlingShot will be utilized in operationally challenging situations involved in manpack and vehicle roles. SlingShot is also able to provide BLOS COTM and Interoperability on fixed/rotary wing aircraft and maritime platforms.