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nents. But the remaining elements of the E-IBCT program (Class 1UAV, Tactical and Urban Unattended Ground Sensors (T/U-UGS)) are cancelled. Another key vehicle-mounted system is the Warfighter Information NetworkTactical (WIN-T). WIN-T is the Army’s on-the-move, high-speed, high-capability backbone communications network, linking warfighters in the battlefield with the Global Information Grid (GIG). This network is intended to provide command, control, communications, computers, intelligence and reconnaissance (C4ISR) support capabilities. The system is being developed as a network for reliable, secure and seamless video, data, imagery and voice services for the warfighters in the theater to enable decisive combat actions.

Figure 2

The Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) is an armored assault amphibious full-tracked landing vehicle. With the EFV to be terminated, modernization upgrades to the AAV will allow Marines to accomplish their missions while a new vehicle design is implemented.

Figure 3

Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 2 test vehicles move in convoy during a WIN-T technology demonstration at Naval Air Engineering Station in Lakehurst, N.J. an incremental and iterative manner. According to the Army, the idea is to “ensure that Soldiers and units have the capabilities worthy of continuance” and that will be successful across the full range of military operations today and into the future. The specifics of the 2012 plans include procur[ 14 ] COTS Journal May 2011

ing one additional brigade set of the Network Integration Kit (NIK) (quantity of 100) and two additional brigade sets of the Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle (SUGV) (an additional 78 units). The additional NIKs will include E-IBCT capable Ground Mobile Radios (GMR) as NIK subcompo-

Four Increment WIN-T Plan The WIN-T program consists of four increments. Increment 1 provides “networking at the halt” by upgrading the Joint Network Node (JNN) satellite capability to access the Ka-band defense Wideband Global Satellite (WGS). Last Spring the Army awarded General Dynamics C4 Systems a $164 million contract that will enable a General Dynamics-led team to begin low-rate initial production of the Warfighter Information Network – Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 2 (Figure 3). Increment 2 will equip vehicles with onthe-move broadband communications enabling command and control from anywhere in the battlespace. Increment 3 provides full networking on-the-move via air tier. Increment 4 provides protected satellite communications on-the-move. The FY 2012 DoD budget request procures and continues to field WIN-T Inc 1 to the Army, with a Ka satellite upgrade. WIN-T Inc 2 is currently in Limited Rate Initial Production (LRIP) in anticipation of its Initial Operational Test in FY 2012. WIN-T Inc 3 continues in its Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) phase to deliver the full networking on the move, including the airborne tier.

COTS Journal  

May 2011 Issue

COTS Journal  

May 2011 Issue