Pentagon considering integration of commercial 5G network into tactical systems

by Victor Barreira

The Portuguese Army’s deployable intelligence fusion system reached an IOC during the “Orion 22” exercise held in central Portugal from May 2-12. (Victor Barrera)

The Portuguese Army has improved its Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) capabilities, with its deployable intelligence fusion system reaching Initial Operational Capability (IOC), the ISTAR battalion commander of the Rapid Reaction Brigade, Lt. Col. Duarte Jorge Heitor Caldeira, said
May 11.

Operated by the Battalion’s Command and Control Company, the system was commissioned and achieved a CIO during the ‘Orion 22’ exercise held in central Portugal from May 2-12 , gathering information to support higher exercise command decision making.

Consisting of four 15-foot tactical shelters with telescopic masts and four trailer-mounted 12 kVA diesel generator sets, the system was purchased through the NATO Support and Supply Agency (NSPA) from Lavorazioni Elettroniche E Meccaniche ( LEM) in 2020 for 1 EUR 0.87 million (2 million USD).

The four shelters were received in November 2021, Lt. Col. Duarte Caldeira said.

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