Army issues RFP for new tactical network

The Army will use commercial technologies to develop a tactical network for voice, data and video communications.

Earlier this month, the Army issued a request for proposals for the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, a 15-year, $6.6 billion program that will replace the decades-old Tri-service Tactical Communications backbone system.

The Army plans to award a two-phase contract for WIN-T to two contractors who will compete throughout the development of the program.

WIN-T will provide command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities for multimedia battlefield systems.

The tactical network will use three terminal devices for communication. Some users will have secure wireless handheld computers to connect to the network using radio and satellite links. Others will use secure or nonsecure wired voice terminals.

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