Commanders Corner – Voyager TRIK Capabilities and Benefits27 October 2020
Commanders Corner – Voyager TRIK Capabilities and Benefits
Wade Johnston, Director of Innovation at Klas Government, Former CIO at Army Futures Command
The Voyager Tactical Radio Integration Kit (TRIK) extends the Commander’s ability to support a range of mission sets by providing the bridge between IP and radio worlds in any environment. The Voyager TRIK provides lightweight, portable solutions for tactical radio networking without compromising on size, weight and power (SWaP). The built-in UPS provides the most reliable way to transport and operate your network. The flexibility to deliver route, switch, compute, and storage along with seamless tactical radio integration makes the TRIK an ideal deployable networking solution.
Supporting over 30 different manpack and handheld radios, the Voyager TRIK will not only meet your needs in today’s environment but well into the future operating environment.
As a commander supporting the entire range of military operations, I wish I had this capability years ago. The ability to configure the Voyager TRIK for the mission at hand cannot be understated. As the JCSE commander, I could have replaced a pallet of equipment with this kit and still supported humanitarian assistance operations as well as combat operations. As a specific example, hurricane relief missions with a mix of civilian and military radios are just as supportable with the Voyager TRIK as supporting a deployed task force using multiple military radios and devices. The technical training requirements for this are minimized since common equipment is used instead of separate products. The training impact of using common radios and common networking equipment, just tailored to the mission, cannot be underestimated. The time and resource savings allow for focus on other critical tasks. The Voyager TRIK could be the replacement to the en route mission command pallets.
The carry on carry off nature of the Voyager TRIK would be a simple aircraft solution without the need for K-loaders to move the pallets. This same capability could be used across multiple aviation platforms such as, C-130, C-17, UH-60 and CH-47, and be the missing connection between the ground and aerial layers. The potential uses of the Voyager TRIK are only limited by the user’s imagination. DoD continues to further develop and experiment around Combined Joint All Domain Command and Control (CJADC2). Commander and user input will help drive the right solutions in multi-domain operations. A modular, tailorable, dynamic and resilient solution, such as the Voyager TRIK will be required.
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