Communications Networks to Support Integrated Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Strike Operations
Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms and strike platforms operating at medium and low altitudes pose special communications challenges. This analysis finds there is no one solution for all situations and platforms. A combination of options, which will vary depending on altitude, range, data rate, and threat, will be needed to ensure a robust communications link. Although communications does not appear to be a limiting factor for future ISR forces, programmatic action will be required to develop the necessary systems and the costs could be high.