ITT Exelis has received a contract to develop a global netted communications capability for the Defense Information Systems Agency's (DISA) distributed tactical communications system (DTCS).
Under the contract, the company will supply a satellite-based, global 'push-to-talk' netted-voice and data-communications service to the US Department of Defense (DoD) and other high-priority/special users to enable greater performance, continuity and efficiency.
Working closely with DISA and Iridium Satellite, the company will offer a Global Services capability designed to fully support the currently fielded DTCS RO tactical radios and establish an open standard interface to help industry development an array of additional DTCS devices.
On-the-move, beyond line-of-sight capability provided under the Global Services contract will improve a soldier's communications and global connectivity through small, low-power devices without reliance on local infrastructure.
Exelis Specialty Applications business vice-president and general manager Mark Adams said the company's solution would use a combat-proven platform to provide expanded capabilities to troops while allowing development of more integrated devices and new applications on multiple platforms.
"With this leading-edge satellite communications technology, warfighters will be able to communicate globally without being constrained by terrain or distance," Adams said.
"This enhanced capability can be integrated into existing communications systems, so users do not have to wait for new devices to gain global coverage."
Managed by DISA's Enhanced Mobile Satellite Services (EMSS) programme management office, DTCS enables exchange of secure one-to-many communications and tactical-level information between troops, ensuring mission success at the tactical edge in the battlefield.
The system has been delivering regionally netted communication services to soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan and other theatres of operation since 2009.
Contract work will be carried out at the company's facility in Dulles, Virginia, US, and is expected to be demonstrated in 2014.
Image: DTCS enables exchange of secure one-to-many communications and tactical-level information ensuring mission success during combat. Photo: courtesy of Jason Bock (AMC).