Lockheed Martin will demonstrate the MONAX communications system at Tinker AFB, Okla., in mid-June as part of the Defense Department’s annual Joint User Interoperability Communications Exercise, according to Paul Butterfoss, a Lockheed system engineer for MONAX. A line-of-sight wireless system, MONAX allows commanders or combat communications airmen to access voice, imagery, and e-mail services and to utilize secure applications on commercial-off-the-shelf smartphones in a deployed environment or on the flight line. It can connect hundreds of users to a single ground or airborne MONAX base station with a range that reaches up to 3,000 square kilometers, Butterfoss told the Daily Report. Lockheed conducted a similar demonstration earlier this year with the 3rd Combat Communications Group at Tinker. The Army also has expressed interest in the wireless system, said Butterfoss.
While some of the Air Force's newly announced changes will happen quickly, it may take most of Chief of Staff Gen. David W. Allvin's tenure in the job to accomplish the rest, he said in a Brookings Institution event Feb. 28.