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Tuesday, Jun. 03, 2014

Satellite program increases rapid response

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ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - When equipped with the latest, suitcase-sized satellite communications equipment, Soldiers will be able to connect to the Army's high capacity network anytime, anywhere.

Transportable Tactical Command Communications, known as T2C2, will provide satellite dishes that deploy in transit cases the size of carry-on luggage to support small detachments and teams, plus larger transportable satellite dishes to support company-sized elements. This advanced technology will enable Soldiers to connect to Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, or WIN-T, the Army's tactical communications network backbone, even in remote locations void of network infrastructure.

"T2C2 will provide significantly increased bandwidth to units in joint operations," said Lt. Col. Joel Babbitt, product manager for WIN-T Increment 1, which manages the T2C2 program. "It will increase the expeditionary capability and situational awareness of early entry units and provide continued communications to the tactical edge through all phases of operations."

The Army Acquisition Executive signed the Material Development Decision for the T2C2 package May 7, which establishes T2C2 as a formal Army program of record.

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