Ultra Electronics TCS has been awarded a multi-million contract for supply of its Ultra Orion GRC-245C fourth-generation radio systems to the US Army.
Awarded by the army Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T), the contract is expected to address the army expeditionary signal battalions' (ESB) terrestrial transmission tactical network modernisation requirements, to help soldiers seamlessly communicate between WIN-T Increments and across echelons.
The GRC-245C radio is a multi-channel, high-capacity line-of-sight (HCLOS) radio, designed primarily to serve as the high-capacity backhaul for tactical networks interconnecting command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) elements.
Launched at the 2013 CANSEC exhibition in Ottawa, the multi-band, point-to-point and point-to-multipoint radio thickens the terrestrial transport layer to help boost the army mission command and ISR applications performance, simultaneously reducing the burden on beyond line-of-sight (BLOS) systems.
Besides lessening latency and resolving inefficiencies in the network, the move also provides commanders with greater access to critical mission data and enhanced situational awareness of the battlefield.
Fully interoperable with the WIN-T Increment 1's (Inc. 1 ) AN/GRC-245A/B HCLOS radios, the GRC-245C also complements the WIN-T Inc. 2 architecture through delivery of longer range, higher capacity links that eventually address the significant bandwidth requirements of the army's transport convergence on the tactical network.
Designed to extend the IP network to lower echelons, the 'cloud-ready' solution is also capable of collecting inputs from multiple forward deployed sensors on the battlefield and subsequently transmit them to intelligence processing sites leading to enhanced situational awareness and immediate action.
Available in three increments, WIN-T is the army's mobile battlefield network system, providing soldiers with mission critical voice, video and data in the battlefield.
Number of units ordered and the contract's delivery schedule remain undisclosed.
Image: the Ultra Orion GRC-245C radio will help soldiers seamlessly communicate between WIN-T Increments and across echelons. Photo: courtesy of Richard Bumgardner.