Ruggedization has always been a
key factor in the development, fielding, use, and maintenance of any
piece of military gear. As the U.S.
has moved toward an increasingly
networked battlespace, rugged and
advanced routers have become crucial to the success of vetronics and
other harsh combat applications.
Today’s high-tech, interconnected
military has capabilities rarely even
imagined before the turn of the cen-
tury, yet with that has come a new
set of vulnerabilities—natural and
manmade. Extremes in temperatures,
the presence of contaminants like
sand and dust, and corrosive
elements like salt water and salt
spray pose dire risks to today’s ev-
er-shrinking electronics, while the
world’s capabilities in electronic
warfare (EW) and cyber warfare con-
tinue to grow every day.
Maintaining a technological edge
will require an always evolving and
ever-widening range of advances, not
only in weaponry, but also in com-
munications, sensors, data fusion,
and transfer. At the top of everyone’s
list is real-time situational awareness
down to the individual warfighter.
All that can be summed up in a
single word: information—yet in-
formation is useless without the as-
sured ability to move it rapidly, se-
curely, and in real time across all
combat and sustainment elements.
As software-defined radios and sensors become part of
enable the network-centric battlefeld
The vetronics architectures of today’s military armored combat vehicles are
becoming data centers, as well as battle centers, as rugged network routers
form the backbone of sharing voice, data, imagery, and video on the move.
BY J.R. Wilson
“If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself,
you are certain to be in peril.” – Sun Tzu