Lockheed Martin, the US military's biggest contractor, announced it will add open RAN software from Radisys to its new 5G-focused portfolio of products for military users.
"With key collaborators such as Radisys, we can accelerate development and deployment of 5G.MIL network capabilities that benefit our defense and national security customers," said Dan Rice, vice president of Lockheed Martin's new "5G.MIL" business unit, in a release. "Resilient mesh communications create a network effect that raises the deterrence capability of US and coalition forces, while improving battlefield effectiveness, should deterrence fail."
Radisys joins Verizon, Keysight Technologies and Omnispace under Lockheed's military-focused 5G effort, dubbed 5G.MIL. Lockheed said Radisys will supply open RAN software technologies, including wireless relay and Integrated Access and Backhaul (IAB). The contractor explained that such wireless backhaul technologies are critically important to "warfighters" in locations where "wired interconnections are not possible or are cost prohibitive."