ACG Systems | Implementing Cisco Ultra-Reliable Wireless Backhaul (CURWB)



On the battlefield, critical communications are vitally important, and the Army has worked to maintain its critical communication systems in the face of technological change. With Cisco, learn how to be more agile and effective with the latest technology to keep your communications powerful.

Implementing Cisco Ultra-Reliable Wireless Backhaul (CURWB): Whitepaper

The Army has a large and complex communications infrastructure that depends on evolving technologies and tactics. The current tactical backhaul, comprised of 30,000 15-year-old radios, has limited capabilities acting as a technological bottleneck, throttling all throughput to the limited 2007 technology. Technology advancements utilized by the Army and tactical operations today have rendered the aging backhaul equipment insufficient and potentially obsolete.

The current equipment supports a combination of switching, routing, backhaul, and meshing capabilities. New equipment must meet these capabilities at a higher throughput or be deployed with other equipment to increase the overall throughput of the backhaul.



Utilizing the Cisco Fluidmesh line of radios, the Army can program one radio to accommodate bridging, infrastructure, and mobile configurations. Unifying systems and streamlining communications have several benefits for the Army.

Cisco Fluidmesh immediate improvements:

• Reduction in training time with a single, configuration interface.

• Inventory reduction as the FM-4500-MOBI can be configured to operate in any of the 3 required scenarios; only requires a license change to accommodate.

• Greater flexibility and redundancy in the field. If a device fails, one of the other devices can be reconfigured to support the requirement (pending appropriate licensing).

• Improved throughput due to the higher throughput capabilities, exceeding the government requirements.

• Cost-savings, the Cisco FluidMesh line of radios are priced significantly less than competitive alternatives.

  ACG Project Contact: Patrick Carney,