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14 Dec 12. US Army Operational Test Command concludes NIE 13.1 exercise. The US Army Operational Test Command (OTC) soldiers have completed their fourth iteration of the semi-annual field exercises, Network Integration Evaluations 13.1 (NIE), at Fort Bliss in Texas, and White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, US. The NIE exercises are aimed at integrating and maturing the army’s tactical network, whilst also streamlining methods through what network technologies are provided to troops through integrated capability sets of communications gear. Managed by the Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC), System of Systems Integration Directorate and Brigade Modernization Command, the NIE 13.1 featured multiple programme tests for record, additional tests for record and less formal assessments, dubbed ‘systems under evaluations’. US Army Operational Test Command commander colonel Joseph Martin said several lessons from NIE 12.2, including system of systems training for soldiers, streamlined testing, upfront integration of hardware and instrumentation among others, were applied by the army during the exercise. Around 5,000 soldiers, Department of the Army Civilian employees and contractors participated in the exercises alongside the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division (2/1 AD) soldiers, who executed training scenarios to help army determine the equipment’s effectiveness, suitability and survivability. Equipment tested during the exercise included M109 Paladin integrated management (PIM), Nett Warrior, artillery system, Spider networked munitions system, and Joint Battle Command-Platform (JBC-P) communication system, as well as the rocket, artillery, mortar (RAM) Warn system. The army officials will make acquisition decisions depending on the final report by the ATEC-AEC, according to ATEC public affairs officer Robin Boggs. (Source: ASD Network)

06 Dec 12. Frequentis Defense Inc., Columbia Maryland, announces the successful completion of the First Article Test of the Shipboard Air Traffic Control Communications (SATCC) system, AN/SSC-13. This event gates the immediate delivery of 3 systems and green lights the use of Frequentis Defense Air Traffic Control (ATC) systems on future upgrades for the Navy. Frequentis Defense President, Jeff Clute offers “Congratulations to the entire Frequentis Defense Team for an outstanding product that will serve the Navy well for decades.” “This is the culmination of 14 months of substantial engineering effort in order to provide the US Navy a sustainable, robust, and compliant communications suite for the sailors and aviators onboard Carriers (CVN) and Amphibious (LHD/A) ships.” The first deliverable system was accepted by the US Navy December 3rd, 2012.

06 Dec 12. AMREL, the premier rugged computer supplier, announced the launch of ROCKY U12Ci, a lightweight convertible tablet/laptop. The ROCKY U12Ci has a pivot hinge that allows the user to turn the 12.1″ display 180° and flip the LCD/touch panel. The U12Ci functions equally well as a laptop and a tablet. Another problem of other rugged tablets/laptops was that their convertible form factor minimized choice of specifications and limited their ability to adapt to specific applications. The ROCKY U12Ci employs a design that allows greater flexibility. (Source: Yahoo!/Marketwire)

10 Dec 12. Northrop Grumman Corporation released Version 2.0 of the U.S. Army’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) software. This release, recently tested at the Northrop Grumman Contractor System Integration Laboratory (C-SIL) in Huntsville, is an upgrade to the Version 1.0 release of April 2011. Notable new features include improved interfaces with Patriot, Sentinel radar and Link 16. Additionally, more combat aids have been added to the Common Warfighter Machine Interface (CWMI). The CWM

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