Army releases RFP for tactical network

Army releases RFP for tactical network

The Army is seeking industry's help in developing a tactical intranet that will use commercial technologies for voice, data and video communications.

Two weeks ago, the Army issued a request for proposals for the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, a 15-year, $6.6 billion program that will replace the 1970s-era Tri-service Tactical Communications backbone system. WIN-T will be a two-phased contract with a competitive award issued to two contractors to compete throughout the development of the program.

WIN-T will provide command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities that are mobile, secure, rugged and capable of supporting multimedia tactical systems that can be used on the battlefield.

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

The Army Communications-Electronics Command in Fort Monmouth, N.J., will oversee the project.

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