Army taps two vendor teams for net fly-off

The Army Communications'Electronics Command earlier this month 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 the vendors to identify how WIN-T will mesh with other Army programs.

Through the WIN-T project, 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.
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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