Figure 4-3. Special Forces BCS concept of operation.
LEARNING EVENT 7: SYSTEM DESCRIPTION
The manpack system is designed for low-echelon, highly mobile unit communications where units operate in
either friendly or enemy territory at great distances from the home unit. The equipment can operate in the on-
the-move/LOS mode using 2 watts output power or in the at-halt/satellite mode using 35 watts output power. It
can transmit and receive in either voice or data format in either mode. The system complements the older
tactical radios which operate in the HF spectrum and which are highly susceptible to enemy RDF and jamming
as well as requiring relay-switching in order to operate over long distances. Furthermore, the manpack system
requires less personnel training than does the older HF equipment and it requires no additional personnel at unit
or support levels.