From Florida, USA, to Hohenfels, Germany, Tait Tough solutions have once proven that they can stand up to the challenge of rugged environments. Read on to learn about how installing a new Tait P25 network and upgrading from analog to Tait trunked DMR has benefited the Camp Blanding Joint Training Center (CBJTC) and the US Army Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC).
Camp Blanding Joint Training Center
Camp Blanding is the Florida National Guard’s premier training site in North-Central Florida, providing resources to enhance joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multinational training in support of the national, state, and local communities. Their radio network, which supported range control, combat simulation training and base administrative operations, had been built over several years where budgets permitted. The system was unreliable, did not provide coverage over the 73,000-acre training area, and had no single point of contact for repairs or service when total failures occurred. The portable and mobile radios were also not tough enough for the outdoor military operations and required replacement repeatedly.
Tait worked with local Tait channel partner On-Site Communications and Florida National Guard staff to assess CBJTC’s requirements, putting together a plan for a phased roll-out of their new P25 network over several years, as the Guard’s budget allowed. The network has now been in place for over five years, reliably meeting the Guard’s training mission and with new users easily joining it each year.
“The Tait system is user-friendly, and remains consistent and reliable across a 73,000 acre installation”
– CPT Robert Cater
US Army Joint Multinational Readiness Center
Some 5000 miles away in Bavaria, Germany, is the US Army’s JMRC, the only US training area located outside of the United States. The JMRC, made up of the Hohenfels and Grafenwöhr Training Areas, provides a myriad of indispensable capabilities to the US Army, European Allies, and other partners. Since 2003, safety communications have been provided by Tait’s MPT-1327 analog trunked network, supporting range control and combat simulation exercises over the 396km2 combined training area. Components of the network began to reach end of life in 2015, necessitating a move from a circuit-switched to an IP-based topology. During this process, the Army indicated a preference to move to the Tait trunked digital DMR protocol air interface.
In partnership with Raytheon, AITC (a service disabled veteran-owned contractor), and Magdalene (Tait’s Service Provider), Tait began the migration of their network from analog to DMR. After obtaining JF-12 Army certification for the new equipment, the JMRC’s worn and aging radios were replaced with the Tait 9300 terminal series, instantly enhancing coverage and audio quality in the upgrade to digital. The migration was a huge success, and as an added bonus, required minimal retraining of Army staff.
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