US Soldier

The US Army’s Brigade Modernization Command has completed field testing of the second increment of the warfighter information network-tactical (WIN-T) communication system at Fort Bliss, Texas, US.

Undertaken as part of the Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) 15.1 semi-annual field exercise, the testing evaluated simplicity and interoperability of the WIN-T Inc 2 system.

A central component of the army’s existing and future capability sets, the WIN-T Inc 2 is a network of computers and radios, and provides combatant commanders with situational awareness and the ability to command from anywhere on the battlefield.

It is designated as the army’s mobile battlefield network at company level and above, and forms part of the service’s Force 2025 initiative.

The new network is expected to provide actionable information in an easy-to-process manner, enabling commanders on the ground to have greater awareness of the battlefield around them and the assets at their disposal, which will in turn make the unit more agile and flexible.

White Sands Missile Range commanding general brigadier general Timothy Coffin said the network is designed to easily work with current systems and adapt to the technology of US allies and future equipment.

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"The new network is expected to provide actionable information in an easy-to-process manner."

The systems should communicate with as little human interface as possible, so that soldiers can focus their attention on completing the mission, Coffin added.

Available in three increments, WIN-T provides soldiers with mission-critical voice, video and data to improve battlefield awareness.

NIE 15.5 involved 3,900 soldiers and 1,200 government employees, and takes the number of systems evaluated by NIE series of exercises to date to more than 200.

Image: A US soldier conducts a radio check on a manpack system. Photo: courtesy of staff sgt Richard Andrade.

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