HERE WE GET RIPPED AGAIN!
I seem to have heard this old tune so, so many times. They all have one thing in common - BIG MONEY.
All the now micro-sized military needs is a ruggedised cell-system connected to a satellite system fed from MoD. They don't need InterNet.
Costing around £200 per smartphone, a ruggedised Android device made in the UK. And GSM technology is tried and tested. The present (wo)man radio used by the Army costs around £8,000 EACH. Compared to the modern Android smartphone features, these £8,000 radio's are crippled. Base stations can be duplicated and placed in several 'hard' vehicles so if one gets knocked out, the rest carries the load.
And the American designed junk the UK bought was a fantastic failure. Even the US military are using smartphones for ground troops, now.
Unfortunately, the MoD doesn't want off the shelf, they have wet dreams about what they need. They want some friendly military contractor to dream up an expensive system, lots of parties and confabs and testing.
The trouble is that the MoD and the MPs are all besotted with buying big, so the UK will get ripped once again.