Accession Number : ADA326970

Title :   An Assessment of the Feasibility of Optical Command Post Communication.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Aug 95-Jul 96,

Corporate Author : ARMY RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD

Personal Author(s) : Downs, Alan R.

PDF Url : ADA326970

Report Date : MAY 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 46

Abstract : The combat radio used by the fighting units (battalion and smaller) of the U.S. Army is the Single-Channel Ground-To-Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS). This radio system functions effectively, except that the available bandwidth is insufficient to avoid congestion on digital channels. This can result in low throughput and long delays in ordinary tactical situations. This report describes one of a pair of studies that address one possible way to ameliorate this situation (i.e., changing the frequency at which the basic combat radio operates). This study addresses taking advantage of the higher bandwidth available in the optical portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. Three modes of operation are considered (satellite relay stations, direct beam, or terrestrial relay stations). Technological issues, terrain masking, and atmospheric constraints are all considered. Some conclusions and recommendations are also presented.

Descriptors :   *OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS, *ARMY EQUIPMENT, *COMMUNICATION AND RADIO SYSTEMS, *TACTICAL COMMUNICATIONS, *RADIO RELAY STATIONS, DIGITAL SYSTEMS, WARFARE, BATTALION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, THROUGHPUT, CONGESTION, BANDWIDTH, EARTH(PLANET), COMMUNICATION SATELLITES, CHANNELS, ELECTROMAGNETIC SPECTRA, RADIO RELAY SYSTEMS, TERRAIN MASKING.

Subject Categories : Telemetry
      Radio Communications

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE