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Position Reporting - Locating Soldiers

Advanced computer network identifies soldiers and their location in the field.

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Updated September 20, 2011

When operating in dangerous combat environments, U.S. soldiers and commanders rely on the Enhanced Position Location Reporting System to provide real time information on their situation and surroundings.

Jam Resistant

The Enhanced Position Location Reporting System is a highly secure, jam resistant communications network that is used by the U.S. military in war zones around the world. The network is controlled by a computer that provides real time tactical information to soldiers on the ground in hostile areas, as well as commanders running operations behind the scenes.

The Enhanced Position Location Reporting System first entered service with the U.S. military in 1987. The system provides the real time locations of friendly units and also tells soldiers in the field exactly where they are situated in often unfamiliar territory.

Friendly Fire

The system integrates seamlessly with the U.S. Army Tactical Command and Control System. It is also used with U.S. fighter jets such as the F-16 and A-10 aircraft. The network tells fighter pilots the locations of friendly soldiers and helps to lessen instances of friendly fire casualties.

Over the years, the Enhanced Position Location Reporting System has gone through several different versions – with each one updated to include state-of-the-art communications technology. As of 2011, the system was on its fourth incarnation and being used around the world – including in Iraq and Afghanistan.   

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