Mid-tier Networking Vehicular Radios

The MNVR, designated as the AN/VRC-118(v)1, equips the Army with a multiple channel, Type-1 classification radio providing data communication service capabilities for mobile and fixed forces supporting mission planning, C2 and situational awareness from brigade to platoon levels. The advanced network waveforms provide rapid distribution of data and imagery with increased information assurance protection and automatic routing across complex terrain and under adverse weather conditions.

Description

The Mid-tier Networking Vehicular Radio (MNVR) delivers a mid-tier capability, which provides robust terrestrial capability (data/voice) at company and above to support Mission Command applications and battlefield operations bandwidth demands. The MNVR is currently the only technology that addresses the operational gap (mid-tier network, high capacity data/voice) and supports maneuver forces in a satellite denied/degraded environment.

The MNVR operates the Wideband Network Waveform (WNW) and Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW), which provide a Mobile ad-hoc (MANET) tactical network. The mid-tier network interconnects all units within the Battalions to the Brigade. MNVR does not rely on satellites, which may be over-burdened or unavailable and provides an alternate data path in a satellite denied or degraded environment. The MNVR increases the connectivity between mounted and dismounted Warfighters allowing the transfer of mission critical data such as Voice over IP (VoIP), text, imagery, video and C2/SA/COP data.  The MNVR does not require an existing infrastructure to establish a functional tactical network and can be placed in the battle space prior to WIN-T or other larger fixed communications links to provide the initial network capacity to the warfighter within minutes of deployment.

Capabilities

  • MNVR can operate on new Internet Protocol (IP) based networking waveforms, offering increased data throughput through self-forming, self-healing, and managed communication networks.
  • Dynamic, scalable, on-the-move (OTM) network architecture, which connects the Soldier to the Mission Command network and enhances the capability to exchange voice over IP (VOIP) and data simultaneously and faster than current systems.
  • Advanced network waveforms provide rapid distribution of data and imagery with increased Information Assurance protection and automatic routing across complex terrain.

Functions

  • Extends GIG services to the Tactical Edge: The MNVR mid-tier provides a robust terrestrial connection from Battalion (BN) and above to Company and below.
  • Extends Mission Command:  With the MNVR fielding, there will be a dramatic increase in platforms with the bandwidth required to support demanding mission command applications.
  • Provides Terrestrial Backbone for the Brigade (BDE) Combat Team
    • Connects BDE to BN: Bridging BDE WNW and BN WNW networks with internal route and retransmission.
    • Connects BN to CO and below:  Bridges BN WNW and CO SRW networks with internal cross-banding.
  • Higher Bandwidth, Speed of Service & Path Diversity: 
    • Connects Brigade to Battalion, and a robust terrestrial connection form Battalion to Company and below.
    • Reduces network latency, improving combat effectiveness.
    • Provides terrestrial paths for connections only supported by SATCOM today.
  • Air to Ground Data Integration:  WNW will provide the data link to rotary wing platforms via MNVR & AMF Small Airborne Networking Radio.
  • SINCGARS:  MNVR’s 2 channels can support SINCGARS networks (10 Watt transmit power).

Last Updated: March 6, 2017