New Military Tactical Vehicles Will Rely on Ethernet Backbones for both Vehicle and Soldier Survivability
We recently wrote about Future Soldier applications for Ethernet backbones for advanced weapon and communication systems that will enhance soldiers’ survival and effectiveness by augmenting command and control (C&C), lethality, mobility, and sustainability. But Ethernet backbones will have a much bigger job. For next-generation giants like armored vehicles and trucks, Ethernet will be a key technology of the network that will not only enhance the survivability of the soldiers, but enhance the survivability of the these vehicles that will be used for infantry combat, command, reconnaissance, and armored utility applications.
One such program is the joint light tactical vehicle (JLTV), a new support vehicle program being developed by the US forces, specifically the US Army, USSOCOM, and the Marine Corps to replace the rapidly aging and outmoded high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle (HMMWV), the design of which is over 25 years old. The JLTVs specific requirements are that it would be: more mechanically reliable, maintainable (with onboard diagnostics), all-terrain mobile, and equipped to link into current and future tactical data nets.