DOD seeks more 5G prototypes

The Defense Department detailed two more draft plans for proposed 5G testbeds at military bases around the country.

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The Army Contracting Command asked for industry input for two more draft prototype proposals for wireless 5G technology testbeds at military bases in Washington state and San Diego.

In the last six months, the command has been working to flesh out testbeds for advanced 5G wireless applications across four designated military bases. Earlier in December, the command issued two solicitations for prototype proposals for 5G networks at Hill Air Force Base in Utah and the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Ga.

On Dec. 9, DOD issued the two additional solicitations for 5G augmented/virtual reality network at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state and for a 5G smart warehouse network at Naval Supply Systems Command's (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center San Diego.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord plans to use 5G to support realistic training that leverages virtual and augmented reality technologies. Lewis-McChord is the home of the Army's I Corps that oversees administrative oversight of Army units in the Asia-Pacific region. The Air Force's 62nd Airlift Wing, responsible for combat and humanitarian airlift capabilities, also calls the facility home.

NAVSUP's Fleet Logistics Center in San Diego wants 5G to connect smart warehouse technology, which automates ordering, shipping and distribution processes.