Soldiers can double as broadband base stations

KnightHawk 3G is a "ruggedized, highly mobile tactical base station" that can acquire 3G signals in places with limited or no cellular connectivity.

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With everything from night vision goggles to GPS enhancing the effectiveness of the military, the modern soldier is a walking technological marvel. Now, continuous Internet access may be within reach of the average GI even in the most remote parts of the world, thanks to the KnightHawk 3G.

Essentially a mobile telecommunication network base station, the device is described as a "ruggedized, highly mobile tactical base station" that can acquire 3G signals in places with "limited or no cellular connectivity."

Weighing a hefty 44 pounds, it probably won't get lugged around but will likely be installed in vehicles for communication on the battlefield. The KnightHawk 3G works as a WCDMA network and offers 14.4Mbps download and 5.76Mbps upload speeds. It also supports 60 voice calls and 14 HSDPA connections simultaneously.

While the point of an Internet network on the field is to allow communication between soldiers, we're sure some grunts will be looking forward to a bit of recreational use of Twitter and Facebook as well.

(Source: Crave Asia via Engadget)

 

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