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Mobile ad-hoc network (MANET) feasibility analysis for U.S. Marine Corps tactical operations

By: sclaypoole
Longtime STK users, the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Development Command (USMCCDC) recently used STK to study tactical considerations of using mobile ad-hoc networks (MANETs) vs. traditional architectures in the USMC infantry battalion. STK, along with the STK TIREM extension for modeling RF propagation over rough terrain, helped USMC explore three critical challenges faced by communications planners in employing MANET technology:
  • Examined and quantified the ability of MANETs to support communications between highly mobile units operating in potentially rugged terrain over long distances with relatively low-power radios.
  • Analyzed the ability of MANETs to use intermediate nodes to overcome the inherent range limitations of higher frequencies.
  • Considered the challenge of allocating bandwidth to MANET systems to enable sufficient throughput rates.
Read the full case study.
Posted: 1/14/2013 7:20:07 PM


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