The Army has selected Persistent Systems’ MPU5 networked radio for a year-long evaluation period as the service looks to continue building out its tactical network modernization capability set, the company said Tuesday.

Persistent Systems is tasked with demonstrating MPU5’s ability to deliver improved scalability and network transport capabilities with its MPU5 radio as the Army looks to ramp up its new process of rapidly testing new technologies to inform iterative requirements for its tactical network.

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“As a commercial technology company, we are encouraged by the Army’s network modernization approach; specifically, their consideration of commercial technologies and their rapid acquisition strategy,” Leslie Hulser, Persistent Systems’ director of programs, said in a statement. “We intend to focus over the next 12 months on delivering a scalable network to connect and empower the soldier with real-time situational awareness.”

The company’s MPU5 Network radio utilizes Wave Relay mobile ad hoc network technology to provide scalable, flat, layer-2 network capability for dismounted soldiers.

Army officials have detailed plans to consistently incorporate new network technologies and iterate on requirements to provide soldiers with a more secure, mobile tactical network as industry continues to push development of commercial off-the-shelf communication tools (Defense Daily, Nov. 2 2018).

Persistent Systems said the MPU5’s Wave Relay capability will allow soldiers to “gain improved access to real-time situational awareness enabling informed decision-making and quick action during mission-critical scenarios.”

“This demonstration will now give us the opportunity to showcase our tactical networking capabilities to the Army and prove that we are a serious contender for future tactical communication programs,” Hulser said.

Under the deal, Persistent Systems will deliver MPU5 network radios, dual push-to-talk devices, sector antennas and dismount and vehicle kits.