LGS Completes $35m European Optical Network for US Army

21 July 2009 (Last Updated July 21st, 2009 18:30)

LGS, a subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent, has completed the European Dense Wave Division Multiplexed – Optical Transport Network for the US Army. The $35m network project has deployed and tested installation information infrastructure in Europe to link forward-deployed soldiers to worldwide Co

LGS, a subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent, has completed the European Dense Wave Division Multiplexed – Optical Transport Network for the US Army.

The $35m network project has deployed and tested installation information infrastructure in Europe to link forward-deployed soldiers to worldwide Command and Control and information systems.

The contract was awarded in 2006 and consisted of three DWDM rings, spanning 2,100km connecting 15 access locations supporting army installations throughout Germany, Italy and Belgium.

The middleware system is expected to aid in transforming the army's TDM to IP network centric architecture, and consists of MPLS/IP routers and encryption devices that connect I3MP, Army Communities of Interests and Legacy networks to the DWDM-OTN network.

The project was managed by the US Army’s Product Manager Defence Communications Systems Europe located at Funari Barracks in Mannheim, Germany. The US Army’s 5th Signal command will be responsible for operations and maintenance of the network.

LGS will also implement secured out-of-band management system that allows an alternate capability to securely configure all OTN network elements, troubleshoot and resolve network problems.