General Dynamics to start full rate production of the WIN-T Increment 2 communication system 30906152

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General Dynamics to start full rate production of the WIN-T Increment 2 communication system
The U.S. Army received approval to move forward with full rate production of the Warfighter Information Network –Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 2 system. Designed and built by General Dynamics, WIN-T Increment 2 provides commanders and soldiers with an unprecedented ability to communicate, share information and intelligence while on patrol, with connectivity rivaling that found in a stationary command post.
General Dynamics to start full rate production of the WIN T Increment 2 communication system 640 001A Warfighter Information Netwok-Tactical Increment 2 soldier network extension travels across the harsh desert terrain of Fort Bliss, Texas, and White Sands Missile Range, N.M., during the network integration evaluation 13.1
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The action follows an Acquisition Decision Memorandum (ADM) issued by the office of the U.S. Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. The ADM authorizes the Army to proceed to full rate production and fielding of its mobile tactical communications backbone network to all remaining Army units projected to receive the WIN-T Increment 2 system through 2028.

"This is an important milestone and we'll continue to support the Army as it fields this vital mission command and communications system throughout its global force," said Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics Mission Systems.

WIN-T Increment 2 brings on-the-move communications to the Soldier’s Network, allowing commanders to use voice and data communications and mission command applications while mobile. These capabilities provide a new “digital reach” the U.S. Army has never before had in the operational environment.

The 10th Mountain Division was the first to have this new capability when it deployed for Afghanistan in July 2013. WIN-T Inc. 2’s unique value was immediately recognized, as it provided soldiers with communications even as fixed infrastructure was removed.

WIN-T Increment 2 is integrated into Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP), High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV) and Stryker vehicles. To date, four division headquarters and 12 brigade combat teams have WIN-T Increment 2. The system successfully served Army units supporting the Security Force Assistance Brigades in Afghanistan by replacing the fixed communications infrastructure dismantled when the U.S. military closed its operating bases. Last summer, WIN-T provided the 'communications grid' for humanitarian operations responding to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.