Because we don't yet have advanced robots capable of fighting on the ground for us, us humans are currently following a general trend in building wearable computing systems for the ground troops. These are the latest developments in the military
technology department, and here is a new one, from Harris Corporation, this time. The FalconFighter modular and flexible system that revolves around the RF-7800S Leader Radio, the only personal soldier radio with a built-in computer.
"Harris created FalconFighter understanding that battlefield technology is dynamic and constantly evolving," said Paul Zweers, director of international product line management, Harris RF Communications. "Our new system is future-focused so modules and parts can be exchanged and upgraded over time to meet new requirements. This eliminates the need for long lead-time soldier system
programs seen in recent years."
Harris promises that their device will be able to withstand future additions of specialized equipment without burdening or limiting the soldier using it in any way. The FalconFighter already integrates its own power tools, personal area networking, sensor systems and other accessories. The flexibility of the FalconFighter tactical radio towards external components makes it a solution very suited for future use. Upcoming technologies will be compatible with the current Harris Corporation invention, according to the manufacturers, but I say that something lighter and even more advanced will come up as years go by.
"Our focus is on improving effectiveness for the individual soldier," added Zweers. "FalconFighter is a powerful, adaptable, affordable system that speeds the integration of new developments in soldier technology."
In the meantime, battlefield soldiers will have to use the C4 devices, sensors, power modules and networking components on the FalconFighter or other similar wearable computing systems
out there. Currently, the Falcon III next-gen radios are supporting the U.S. military's Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) requirements.
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