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———————————————————————-15 Sep 13. The first Brigade-level deployment of the General Dynamics-built Warfighter Information Network – Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 2, the Soldier’s Network, is successfully supporting soldiers with the 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division (4/10) in Afghanistan. Their mission, supporting Afghan security forces, involves communications across dispersed forces in some of the most rugged, remote locations in Afghanistan. Over this past summer, WIN-T Increment 2 participated in its first successful combat patrol utilizing its on-the-move capability between several network nodes. Voice over IP calls were placed and use of on-board mission command applications was successful.
Using WIN-T Increment 2, soldiers down to the company level have unprecedented secure access to voice and data that vastly increases their ability to communicate during a mission and on-the-move. During a recent Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) 13.2, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Robert M. Collins, former product manager for WIN-T Increment 2, said that several insights indicate the “positive impact this mobile network is going to have on the way we fight across the full spectrum of military operations. WIN-T Increment 2 will increase the pace at which the Army can conduct combat operations, extend operational distances for reach and reach back, while also decreasing the military decision-making time cycle.”
Deployed in July as a Security Forces Advise and Assist Team, the soldiers of the 4/10 work as advisers to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) – a critically important mission as United States military and coalition forces drawdown and the ANSF takes the lead for Afghanistan’s security. The entire fleet of WIN-T Increment 2 vehicles helps to maintain mission-critical connectivity for soldiers and commanders at the company level and up to higher echelons. Tactical radios like the AN/PRC-154A Rifleman radio complete the Soldier’s Network extending network communications and connectivity to the dismounted soldier.
18 Sep 13. Beechcraft Corporation announced that its AT-6 light attack aircraft has become the first fixed-wing aircraft to successfully utilize the Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System Situational Awareness (SINCGARS SA) Waveform capability. The SINCGARS SA Waveform is a software-controlled high frequency radio designed to provide digital communication and global positioning services (GPS) in both fixed and mobile configurations vital for military armed reconnaissance. The assessment and demonstration were conducted in August by members of the U.S. Air Force Air National Guard and Georgia Tech Research Institute. The dual ARC-210 Warrior Radios of the AT-6 were configured to securely and directly communicate simultaneously with three different Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTAC). These ground forces were carrying PRC-148, PRC-152 and PRC-117 radios and positioned to replicate numerous, realistic combat situations.
The success of the SA Waveform in the AT-6 will help propel the U.S. military to further advance its future mission tactics in Close Air Support (CAS), Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) and Combat Search and Rescue Task Force (CSARTF).
19 Sep 13. Exelis has successfully completed the final delivery of AN/ALQ-214(V)3 Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures (IDECM) systems to the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Patuxent River, Md. This shipment concludes 16 years of on-time deliveries from Exelis to the IDECM program.
“Since the first production lot in 1997, Exelis has made 192 consecutive months of on-time deliveries of the ALQ-214, with each shipping an average of 44 days ahead of schedule,” said Joe Rambala, vice president and general manager of the Exelis integrated electronic warfare systems business. “We are very proud of our track record and even prouder to have con