Reducing Tactical Radio Operator's Profile and Increasing their Survivability:
The Body Wearable Antenna Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD)
The Operational Challenge: Tactical radio operators are distinguished by whip antennas, making them targets for enemy fire. An alternative to present whip antennas is particularly needed for specialized missions, as well as other combat situations.
The Approach to the Challenge: An alternative is being pursued by the Body Wearable Antenna JCTD. It is leveraging electromagnetic metamaterials, developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory to improve the performance of antennas for military applications. The JCTD includes maturing the technology and integrating it with multiple existing radios, such as the PRC 117G, PRC-152/PRC-152A, and PRC-148.
The JCTD also integrates a wearable antenna into the Battlefield Air Operations Kit, worn by special operators and other warfighters. The Kit is a system-of-systems that includes handheld and man-packable radios, field computing devices, laser ranging/targeting devices, GPS, power management system, and cabling/antennas.
The Benefits: The Body Wearable Antenna will:
- Eliminate the visual signature of current antennas, enhancing survivability
- Connect to multiple radios for simultaneous operations, eliminating multiple antennas
- Provide equal or greater performance than legacy antennas
- Lighten the tactical radio operator's load
For additional information, contact Ms. Lenny Lopez.