Three-in-one radio eases soldiers' load

A smart radio designed to reduce the load weight of a soldier’s pack during patrols was unveiled at DSEi.

Manufacturer Harris RG Communications says the multi-function unit is a world first.

Designed to operate like a smartphone, the RF-7800S-LR Leader combines a tactical radio, phone transmitter and mobile computer into one device, reducing the weight of three battlefield communication devices to one.

“By combining various technologies into a single device, the RF-7800S-LR dramatically reduces the soldier’s load. It is the smallest, lightest and most integrated soldier communication and computing device available on the market today,” said Andy Start, president of International Business, Harris RF Communications.

Mounting equipment requirements during combat have become a major issue for soldiers as technology becomes integral to a squad’s performance on the battlefield. A soldier is often required to carry up to 36kg of equipment and prolonged exposure to this weight can cause musculoskeletal, connective-tissue or spinal injuries.

The RF-7800S-LR further reduces pack weight by charging via a standard rechargeable lithium-ion battery, meaning extra specialist batteries do not need to be carried. It runs on a Windows-CE operating platform and features GPS mapping, messaging, full video-streaming and various input and output connection options including USB.

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