Thursday, May 13, 2010

General Dynamics Awarded $12 Million to Lead Development of Airborne Network Node for WIN-T

General Dynamics Awarded $12 Million to Lead Development of Airborne Network Node for WIN-T
May 13, 2010 10:04 AM

Placed aboard an Unmanned Aircraft System, the airborne Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) capability enables continuous communications connectivity in isolated and mountainous regions, and urban environments.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., -General Dynamics C4 Systems has been awarded a $12.4 million contract modification to the Warfighter Information Network - Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 3 contract by the U.S. Army to lead a defense-industry team in the development of a line-of-sight communications payload for Extended Range/Multi-purpose (ER/MP) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).

Once aboard the UAS, the WIN-T communications payload will use the Highband Networking Waveform (HNW) to serve as a radio repeater while the UAS is in flight. This capability is critical in an urban environment or on rugged terrain where there are barriers to ground communication. HNW is a key technology on the WIN-T program, providing automation in establishment of a communication link that results in increased robustness of the communication network. WIN-T enables warfighters to communicate and collaborate on the move, in urban areas, mountains or isolated locations where there is no communications infrastructure.

Bill Weiss, vice president of Tactical Networks for General Dynamics C4 Systems, emphasized, "Implementing the airborne relay for WIN-T Increment 3 is a highly efficient and cost-effective approach to a complex problem that will pay great dividends for the warfighter. It will bring U.S. forces unfettered access to information, communications and collaboration wherever they happen to be."

General Dynamics will lead the WIN-T Increment 3 team that includes Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems and Harris Corporation. The teammates will work closely to design the Communications Payload B-kit with General Atomics, makers of the ER/MP platform.

The U.S. Army Communications Electronics Command (CECOM), Fort Monmouth, N.J. is the contracting authority.

The WIN-T program is comprised of three increments. Increment 1 is currently fielded to a number of deployed U.S. Army units. Increment 2 equips tactical vehicles with broadband communications, enabling commanders to see and command from anywhere in the battlespace. Increment 3 provides increased network reliability and capacity, smaller and more tightly integrated communications and networking gear needed for the Army's Brigade Combat Team Modernization.

General Dynamics C4 Systems is the prime systems integrator for WIN-T and is teamed with Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, Harris Corporation, L-3 communications, Juniper Networks and CISCO Systems.

SOURCE General Dynamics C4 Systems

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