U.S. Army Awards General Dynamics $78 Million for Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment One
TAUNTON, Mass. – General Dynamics C4 Systems announced today a $78.3 million initial order from the U.S. Army as part of an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract worth up to $1.4 billion for Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) Increment One, which provides U.S. Army soldiers deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan with broadband network and satellite communications capabilities.General Dynamics C4 Systems is the lead contractor on WIN-T. Subcontractors for WIN-T Increment One include Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin.
Delivery of equipment under this order will begin in May, 2008. It will include networking hubs; network nodes serving battalion, brigade and division/corps command posts and Expeditionary Signal Battalions; and network management suites.
“The Army’s incremental WIN-T delivery strategy is great news for soldiers, providing the flexibility needed to continue fielding the current increment until Increment 2 is ready,” said Bill Weiss, vice president of tactical networks at General Dynamics C4 Systems.
In June, the Army announced that it would restructure and accelerate the WIN-T program and organized it into four major increments. The former Joint Network Node (JNN) is now WIN-T Increment One. General Dynamics recently received contracts for WIN-T Increment Two and WIN-T Increment Three. WIN-T Increment Four has not been awarded.
WIN-T Increment Two will deliver an initial on-the-move broadband networking capability using satellite and radio links, with fielding scheduled to begin in 2009. Increment Three includes development of WIN-T components to meet the full range of network capacity, security and fully on-the-move capabilities for the modular force, with limited user testing scheduled to begin in 2011. Increment Three also addresses the size, weight, power and cooling requirements for systems in Future Combat Systems vehicles.
WIN-T Increment Four represents the last of the developmental program elements and will provide technology insertions to enable enhanced satellite communications protection and greater throughput afforded by transformational communications satellites.
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