Army taps pair of vendors to compete for battlefield network project

Army taps pair of vendors to compete for battlefield network project

The Army Communications Electronics Command on Friday chose teams led by Lockheed Martin Corp. and General Dynamics Corp. for a fly-off competition to build the $6.6 billion Warfighter Information Network-Tactical.

Under the fly-off contracts, worth up to $75 million each, the vendors will spend a year setting WIN-T risk management, technology readiness and coordination plans.

As part of this first phase, the service wants Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics to identify how WIN-T will mesh with other Army programs, such as the Future Combat System, Joint Tactical Radio System and the Objective Force Warrior, the Army's high-tech vision for 21st-century combat forces.

Through the WIN-T program, the Army plans to build a high-speed, high-capacity network for wired and wireless voice, data and video communications for soldiers on the battlefield, whether they are riding in combat vehicles, manning radio systems or located at stationary command posts.

During Phase 2, which will run 23 months, the teams will develop prototype systems for government testing. By 2006, the Army wants to pick one of the two vendors to begin rolling out WIN-T.

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