The US Army has taken delivery of additional Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 2 nodes from General Dynamics (GD) for use by troops in Afghanistan.
Delivered as part of a contract awarded in December 2012, the nodes are scheduled to be used by the Army's 10th Mountain Division 4th Brigade Combat Team soldiers as their on-the-move network, enabling mission command and delivering vital situational awareness during tactical operations.
The total number of WIN-T Increment 2 systems ordered by the army to date totals 532.
Commenting on the WIN-T system, 10th Mountain Division 4th Brigade Combat Team 30th Infantry Regiment 2nd Battalion commander lieutenant colonel Alan Boyer said the network node would enable soldiers to save the lives of partners and civilians during combat.
General Dynamics C4 Systems Tactical Networks vice-president Sandra Wheeler said the WIN-T Increment 2 served as the secure communications backbone for company level soldiers and commanders to connect and access mission-critical situational awareness and also stay connected while mobile.
"The network also enables company commanders to communicate with higher headquarters in their vehicle, receiving their orders in real-time, which is a game-changing capability," Wheeler said.
Using proven commercial and government technology, the WIN-T Increment 2 brings on-the-move capability down to the company level for manoeuvre brigades, and also enables users to achieve end-to-end connectivity and dynamic networking operations.
The node connects with the army's AN/PRC-154 Rifleman and AN/PRC-154 manpack radios, part of the Capability Set 13, to establish secure on-the-go networks that connect soldiers at the squad level to commanders in their vehicles and up to the highest levels of command.
Currently conducting pre-deployment training, the 10th Mountain Division soldiers are scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan as part of the US military's Security Forces Advise and Assist Team (SFAAT) in the summer of 2013.
Image: A 10th Mountain Division 4th Brigade Combat Team soldier uses Rifleman Radio for communication during a training exercise at Fort Polk in Louisiana, US. Photo: courtesy of Claire Heininger, US Army.