The U.S. Department of Defense announced it would provide $600 million for 5G experiments at five military bases,media CNET reported. The tests will focus on virtual reality training, robotics and drones, and the Defense Department said Thursday that 5G is “critical to national and economic security.”
The test sites are at the Naval Base in San Diego, Hill Air Force Base in Utah, Joint Base Lewis-McJorde in Washington State, Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Georgia, and Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas.
Michael Kratsios, acting deputy secretary of defense for research and engineering, said 5G “will strengthen our nation’s operational capabilities.” “。
The experiment will include:
San Diego Naval Base: Intelligent storage and material transportation between naval forces and onshore facilities, connecting with AT&T, and using autonomous drones, biometrics and robots.
Lewis-McJorde Joint Base: Mixed reality training, connectivity with AT&T and Samsung, and prototype combat training programs using AR and VR.
Albany Marine Corps Logistics Base: Smart warehouse for storing and maintaining vehicles.
Nellis Air Force Base: Develop 5G technology for “air, space and cyberspace lethality” and work with AT&T to achieve 5G connectivity.
Hill Air Force Base: Enable Air Force radar to share spectrum with 5G cellular services, develop antenna systems with Nokia, and develop machine learning with Ericsson.