General Dynamics‘ mission systems business has tested aÂ 4G tactical broadband communications network during the U.S. Marine Corps‘ Ship-to-Shore Maneuver, Exploration and ExperimentationÂ event in California.
The company said Wednesday its engineering team streamedÂ video at a 62-mile distanceÂ between a tactical antenna mounted onÂ San Clemente island and an antenna deployed at Red Beach in Camp Pendleton.
General Dynamics participated in the S2ME2 demonstration event as part ofÂ an internally-funded, cooperative research-and-development agreement withÂ the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific.
The project dubbed “Longshot” aims toÂ showcase the capacity of a 4G tactical network to supportÂ broadband communications in a satellite denied or degradedÂ location.
The Long Shot technology is designedÂ to increaseÂ the distance of legacy line-of-sight communications and bandwidth for video streaming as well asÂ helpÂ naval task forces place sea bases over the horizon to manageÂ targeting of potential adversaries.
General Dynamics added the Longshot project will use a similarÂ architecture as currentÂ commercial networks in effortsÂ to connect toÂ civilian networks as needed.
The companyÂ plans to showcase the technologyÂ to other Marine Corps andÂ U.S. NavyÂ events later this year.