North Dakota ANG and ASTi Collaboration Develops 5G-Enabled RoIP Kit

July 21, 2022

The North Dakota Air National Guard (NDANG), working with Advanced Simulation Technology inc. (ASTi), recently developed a groundbreaking, 5G-enabled tactical communications kit that addresses several critical communications issues for the NDANG. This manpack-deployable setup greatly extends the relay range between tactical and simulator-based communications units while significantly enhancing portability and reducing power requirements.

The NDANG-ASTi development effort advanced the capabilities of a communication kit that was originally provided by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), as part of their Predator Research Integrated Network Combat Environment (PRINCE) remotely piloted aircraft simulator system.

Technical staff at the NDANG's 178th Attack Squadron of the 119th Wing worked with ASTi engineers to improve radio-over-IP (RoIP) relay capability. This innovative solution connects ANG air players operating across live training ranges with trainees in remotely located MQ-9 Reaper simulators.

ASTi's Voisus® RoIP product is a core element of the solution, seamlessly combining real-world tactical and simulated radio traffic to provide the blended training the NDANG needs. Using the latest-generation 5G modems, the NDANG-ASTi collaboration provides ubiquitous, untethered communications while shrinking the deployable kit from a cumbersome transit case to a lightweight backpack.

About ASTi

Since 1989, ASTi has been at the vanguard of innovation for live and simulated training solutions. ASTi has fielded over 11,000 systems at more than 800 installation sites in 50 countries. ASTi’s capabilities include RoIP bridging; tactical system emulation; distributed, simulated voice communications; AI and speech-enabled, virtual role-players, and simulated battlefield and cockpit sound environments. To learn more about ASTi, please visit asti-usa.com.

About the 119th Wing (the “Happy Hooligans”)

The 119th Wing’s mission is to provide trained and ready Airmen executing world-class MQ-9 precision attack and reconnaissance, kinetic and non-kinetic target intelligence production, and expeditionary support capabilities for the nation and state. Learn more about the 119th Wing.

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