Military units at the brigade level and above may need to retransmit LOS radio communications, in order to integrate forward area personnel into the radio net. Usually, this is a risky operation that places a retrans team into an unsecure, remote area.
The ICRI can be used to eliminate this risk by bridging/connecting line-of-sight radios to beyond-line-of-sight radios (LOS to BLOS), for example FM to HF or TACSAT.
This small device extends the range of FM radios (or any other type of radio) to integrate company/battalion/brigade units that are dispersed across the battlefield, without the need for a retrans team.
The diagram, shown to the left, was created by a member of the 4th Infantry Division. This illustration shows how the ICRI can be used to interconnect the brigade at different echelons, without risking the safety of members in a retrans team.
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