Network lets Marines share data over 250 miles

The Marine Corps is conducting the first practical test of the Distributed Tactical Communications System (DTCS) that enables commanders to send text, data, video and voice messages via satellite to Marines ashore from up to 250 miles away in open water, Spencer Ackerman reports in Wired's Danger Room.

The system is being tested this week in the Bold Alligator exercise that requires keeping in touch from much longer distances than provided by current systems with a range of under 100 miles, the article said.

Bravo Company of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit took high-powered radios linked to DTCS aboard their MV-22 Ospreys as they seized territory on the Virginia coast for the exercise while keeping in touch with their headquarters aboard the U.S.S. Iwo Jima, 165 miles out to sea, but it's too early to see how the system performed, the article added.

If DTCS works, it will be a tool for multiple bases and ships to talk with one another — and to deployed Marines, the article said.

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