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The cornerstone of the U.S. Army's network modernization plan, WIN-T,combined with the PRC-154 Rifleman and PRC-155 Manpack radios, delivers asecure information highway for soldiers wherever they deploy.
TAUNTON, Mass. - TheGeneral Dynamics-built Warfighter Information Network - Tactical (WIN-T)Increment 2 is now in the hands of soldiers with the U.S.Army's 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. The soldiers are training for their upcomingdeployment to Afghanistan as part of the U.S. military's Security Forces Adviseand Assist Team. Once deployed, the soldiers will rely on WIN-T as theiron-the-move network, enabling mission command and delivering vital situationalawareness that soldiers need during a mission.
Describing the WIN-T system, Lt. Col. Alan Boyer, commanderof the 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10thMountain Division, recently said, 'I think it will save people's lives incombat. I think it will help us save our partners' lives.'
In December 2012, the Army ordered 136 additional WIN-TIncrement 2 network nodes. The orderwill bring the number of WIN-T Increment 2 network nodes to 532, extending thereach of the Army's soldier network to the company level.
Sandra Wheeler, vice president of Tactical Networks forGeneral Dynamics C4 Systems, said, 'WIN-T Increment 2 is the securecommunications backbone for soldiers and commanders at the company level toconnect with each other, access mission-critical situational awareness and stayconnected while on the move.The networkalso enables company commanders to communicate with higher headquarters intheir vehicle, receiving their orders in real-time, which is a game-changingcapability.'
The Army's Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Fit (HMS)AN/PRC-154 Rifleman and two-channel AN/PRC-154 Manpack radios connect with WIN-T to form secure on-the-gonetworks, connecting soldiers at the squad level to commanders in theirvehicles and up to the highest levels of command. Similar to the ease of asoldier using their smartphone to connect to the commercial Internet, soldiers usethe PRC-154 Rifleman radios to connect to the soldiers' network.
Thoroughly tested by the Army, these radios are part of theArmy's Capability Set 13, the first fully integrated suite of networkcomponents that are being distributed to parts of the 10th MountainDivision at Fort Drum, N.Y., and the 101st Airborne at FortCampbell, Ky.
Led by General Dynamics, the WIN-T network, HMS radio andother Army networking programs rely on support from a diverse group ofsuppliers. These companies deliver vital technologies and products that supportthe Army's highest priority, the network. Located in more than 30 states, thesesuppliers include small, veteran-owned, woman-owned and other businesses andrepresent more than 4,800 skilled workers. These suppliers and the employment theyrepresent support local economies and are an essential component to jobcreation.
Suppliers supporting the Army's networking prioritiesinclude: Lockheed Martin Corporation (Md. and Colo.); Thales Communications,Inc. (Md.); Mair Mac Machine Company, Inc. (Mass.); Harris Corporation(Fla.);ACE Electronic Defense Systems(Md); Ritronics, Inc. (Conn.); BAE Systems and Aerospace (N.J.); Newcomb MetalProducts (Mass.); Arizona Components Company (Ariz.); L3 Communications (Fla.and Calif.); Wroble Engineering Company (Mass.); The Will-Burt Company (Ohio);Rockwell Collins, Inc. (Iowa); VTron Electronics Corp (Mass.); and HunterDefense Technologies (Ohio).
To see a map representing the number of suppliers and jobssupported, listed state-by-state, visit www.gdc4s.com/ArmyNetworkJobs.
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