US Army Moves Forward to Field GD WIN-T Increment 2 Tactical Network to Soldiers

The U.S. Department of Defense has authorized the Army to continue fielding Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 2 (Inc 2) as part of the Army’s Capability Set 13 deployment. As a result, the Army has awarded General Dynamics C4 Systems a $346 million delivery order to procure the WIN-T Inc 2 network for additional Brigade Combat Teams and Division Headquarters units. Initial fielding of the WIN-T Inc 2 network as a key component of Capability Set 13 began October 1st at Ft. Drum, N.Y., and Ft. Polk, La., with the training of two brigades of the 10th Mountain Division using previously procured equipment.

Network modernization is the Army’s top priority and WIN-T is its cornerstone program. WIN-T Inc 2 completed its Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) during the Army’s Network Integration Evaluation 12.2 this summer. The IOT&E was the largest tactical-network test of its kind, involving more than 4,000 soldiers dispersed over a 2,000-square-mile area. The soldier feedback following the evaluation enables General Dynamics to work with the Army to continue optimizing the system’s overall performance and effectiveness.

1st Sgt. Michael Rayfield, Brigade Signal Operations Sergeant of the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, took part in the IOT&E and said, “After seeing this technology in action, I couldn’t imagine going back to the way we were fighting the battle before. Based on what I have seen and where I have been in the past Increment 2 has reached a milestone in the ways that we can get information to our fighting forces.”

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“WIN-T Increment 2 has shown the value of high-speed communications for commanders who need robust, reliable communications and situational awareness,” said Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics C4 Systems. “Commanders can now make faster, more informed decisions using real-time information while moving with their soldiers, rather than being tethered to command posts.”

WIN-T is the Army’s mobile battlefield network that provides mission critical voice, video and data to soldiers. WIN-T Increment 1 is now fully fielded to 210 active duty, reserve and National Guard units. WIN-T Increment 2 moves with commanders and provides situational awareness and the ability to command from anywhere on the battlefield.

Source: General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD)
Date: Oct 5, 2012