Tactical Communications Solutions



Tactical communications are vital to the success of critical missions. During combat and emergency situations, tactical communications are the link between command centers and the field personnel who will carry out the mission or relief effort. A break in communications could be life threatening. Those in the field depend on sturdy equipment that can withstand harsh environments and still keep operating. Many government agencies and the military deploy Panasonic Toughbook® mobile computers with reliable embedded wireless capabilities to assure uninterrupted connectivity.


The Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2) forms the principal digital command and control system that delivers battle information from the brigade level down to the soldier level. The system is interoperable with the Maneuver Control System (MCS), All Source Analysis System (ASAS), Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System (AFATDS), Air and Missile Defense Workstation (AMDWS) and Combat Service Support Control System (CSSCS). It integrates into 114 platforms ranging from the M1A2SEP tank to the Army Airborne Command & Control System (A2C2S) command helicopter. FBCB2 systems require reliable mobile computers to communicate immediate, accurate battle information under battlefield conditions and in temperatures ranging from -40 to 120° Fahrenheit.

FBCB2 uses Panasonic Toughbook mobile computers because of their proven reliability and durable design. The Toughbook solution enables robust mobile communications either in vehicles or when taken from the vehicle into the field or command center. Because Toughbook units have tool-less removable hard drives, information can be easily transferred between different Toughbook computers. With its liquid- and temperature-resistant design and daylight-viewable displays, Toughbook computers are ready for action in any weather. For even tougher conditions, like on the battlefield, commanders can rest assured the magnesium alloy cases, shock-mounted hard drives and long battery life will keep their field personnel online, in touch and at the ready.


The U.S. Army's Global Broadcast System (GBS) is a high-speed, broadband military satellite communications system that provides worldwide internet protocol (IP) transmission of real time video, imagery and other data. It is designed to augment overburdened federal communications systems and provide information to users with limited or no data access. The system operates across the global information grid in support of U.S. armed forces and other government agencies. Due to the varied conditions encountered by field personnel, the computers receiving the data must be highly durable and capable of functioning under all field conditions.

U.S. Army field personnel receive Global Broadcast System transmissions using Panasonic Toughbook mobile computers because of their ability to dependably receive satellite signals under even the harshest conditions. Toughbook computers are relied upon for their durable construction, daylight-viewable screens and long battery life. Small, lightweight and powerful, Toughbook rugged computers, when used in combination with GBS's compact 18-inch antennas, enable mobile forces to receive large volumes of information formerly available only to command centers and other larger facilities.


The Lightweight Counter-Mortar Radar (LCMR) system works under battlefield conditions to detect incoming mortar fire and sound a warning alarm. The system tracks mortar shells and traces their trajectory back to the launch position, identifying exactly where to fire back to suppress further attacks. The army needs rugged, weather-proof portable computers that are easy to set up and able to transmit data to defense forces and airborne operations.

The U.S. Army uses reliable Toughbook mobile computers because of their ability to process and transmit data quickly and securely, even under harsh combat conditions. An LCMR unit and Toughbook mobile computer are lightweight and easy enough for a team of only two soldiers to assemble and dismantle quickly. The durable construction, all-weather casing, daylight-viewable touch screen and long battery life, assure the Toughbook mobile computer will continue to function even under challenging battlefield conditions. When under attack, this level of reliability is depended upon by the U.S. Army to help protect its soldiers.


The U.S. Army Tactical Command Package (TAC-PAK) offers field commanders portable, secure communications capabilities and office productivity while on the move, even in remote environments. TAC-PAK units need to reliably transmit and receive data, such as maps, intelligence and email. This requires using a computer solution that operates reliably under harsh weather and battlefield conditions and where AC power is not always available.

TAC-PAKs with Panasonic Toughbook mobile computers provide U.S. Army personnel with access to communications applications. The ruggedized design and long battery life, in conjunction with custom wireless equipment, allow Toughbook computers to be used in even the most isolated regions. With daylight-viewable touch screens and water-resistant keyboards, Toughbook computers are ready for the harshest weather conditions. Deployed by more than 170 U.S. and international agencies, TAC-PAK, incorporating rugged Panasonic Toughbook computers, enables military teams full command and communications capabilities anytime, anywhere.


The U.S. Army deploys various models of unmanned aircraft to provide critical situational awareness to large and small groups of soldiers on the ground. All UAV models deliver high-resolution and infrared imagery of the area, and some models are also capable of firing upon targets or dropping ordnance. To control these vehicles, the army requires wireless mobile computers with daylight-viewable screens to help soldiers locate targets and transmit images back to the control center. These computers must be durable and operate flawlessly in any weather and under battlefield conditions, yet be small and light enough to be easily carried in a rucksack.

The rugged and reliable line of Toughbook mobile computers provide ground personnel and tactical commanders with near real time, highly accurate aerial reconnaissance and target acquisition. They have been engineered to be liquid, temperature, humidity and pressure-resistant in order to operate under the fiercest combat and weather conditions. With thousands of units in use, the Toughbook solution for UAVs has experienced an extremely low failure rate of less than 1% in the field. This allows the U.S. Army to focus on successfully completing their missions, not on troubleshooting their equipment.