Army must cure mobile radio's failure rate

GMR will need to prove itself this summer in 20- to-30 node network test

The Defense Department's weapons tester told Congress this week that the Army's Ground Mobile Radio in development failed 72 percent of the time in tests conducted in 2010, reports Bob Brewin at NextGov.

GMR, which is part of the DOD's next-generation Joint Tactical Radio System, performed so poorly in secure voice mode that the combat unit employing it during tests at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., last year had to reply on the archaic means of communicating by runners, J. Michael Gilmore, DOD's director of operational test and evaluation, said March 9 during a hearing held by the Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces of the House Armed Services committee.

The Army hopes to show GMR can perform successfully in a 20- to-30-node network in a new round of tests scheduled for this summer at White Sands.

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