The Marine Corps received its first trailer- and vehicle-mounted 5G systems Thursday, marking the first step in the service's advancement toward what Lockheed Martin calls “near real-time” communication.
The devices, which included a trailer-mounted tower and all-terrain vehicle mobile relay system, were delivered to Camp Pendleton, California, and will be tested in the field as part of Lockheed Martin's rollout of its Open Systems Interoperable and Reconfigurable Infrastructure Solution, or OSIRIS, program.
For the Marine Corps, the communications network is meant to be used in contested expeditionary environments and appears to support the service's desire to “close kill chains” in austere conditions. In other words, the 5G systems are meant to make communications quicker to make combating the enemy more efficient.
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“The Lockheed Martin-led team, in close partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps, has proven that quickly evolving 5G commercial technology can be leveraged in near real-time to solve current and emergent mission challenges,” Deon Viergutz, vice president of Lockheed Martin Spectrum Convergence, said in a press release Thursday.
Broadly, 5G is the fifth-generation broadband network and — in addition to its burgeoning military applications — provides connectivity for commercial uses like cell phone…