The Transportable Tactical Command Communications (T2C2) program of record is an initial entry satellite system that provides agile robust voice, video, and data communications without the need of static infrastructure. The system is easy to use and can be operated by non-signal Soldiers.
T2C2 Lite (1.2-meter tri-band) and T2C2 Heavy (2.4-meter tri-band) high-bandwidth inflatable satellite terminals enable initial entry forces to connect to the Army’s tactical network to obtain the situational awareness and mission command capabilities needed to conduct initial entry operations and set the stage for follow-on forces. In more mature operations, T2C2 Heavy will provide high bandwidth tactical network extension to company level and small forward operating bases, while T2C2 Lite will support special teams in austere locations with high bandwidth requirements. Because the T2C2 Lite and Heavy solutions are inflatable, they can provide a larger dish size, with increased capability and bandwidth efficiency, in a smaller transport package.
Scalable Class of Unified Terminals (SCOUT) provide compact low-bandwidth beyond-line-of-sight communications for transmission of secure and non-secure data, voice, and video, all in a compact package supporting the team level and above. Variants of the SCOUT Medium (1.3-meter dish) support the Army’s Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFABs), the Integrated Tactical Network (ITN), and the SCOUT Small (0.65/0.95 meter) supports numerous expeditionary requirements.
Until T2C2 fielding is complete, Secure Internet Protocol Router Network/Non-Secure Internet Protocol Router Access Points and even smaller suitcase-sized Global Rapid Response Information Packages are being used as bridging capability.
T2C2 is a key component of the Army’s Capability Set 21 Expeditionary Signal Battalion-Enhanced network tool suite, which will be fielded to modernize the Army’s Expeditionary Signal Battalions.
BENEFIT TO THE SOLDIER
T2C2 provides satellite capability to small detachments and teams operating in remote locations without network infrastructure, enabling them to securely relay critical and time-sensitive information, increasing the situational awareness for the entire operation. By taking advantage of military satellite capability, the system greatly increases throughput over currently fielded capability. These highly expeditionary satellite systems provide the commander with increased operational flexibility and speed in maneuver.
T2C2 Heavy 2.4 m (AN/TSC-233 (v)1):
- Transportable in seven hard side transit cases
- Supports 48 users over multiple enclaves
T2C2 Lite 1.2 m (AN/TSC-232 (v)1):
- Transportable in five hard side transit cases or two soft cases plus one ancillary
- Supports six users over multiple enclaves
SCOUT Medium 1.3 m – SFAB (AN/TSC-243A(v)2):
- Transportable in three hard side transit cases
- Supports 12 users over multiple enclaves
SCOUT Medium 1.3 m – ITN (AN/TSC-243B(v)2):
- Transportable in four hard side transit cases
- Supports 48 users over two enclaves
SCOUT Small 0.65/0.95m (AN/TSC-243A(v)1):
- Transportable in five hard side transit cases or one soft case plus one ancillary
- Supports three users over two enclaves
- Tri-band capable (X, Ku, and Ka)
- Airline checkable for commercial transport
- Rapidly setup by two Soldiers in under 35 minutes
- 2QFY18: Full Rate Production Decision/Began Fielding Low Rate Initial Production quantities
- FY23: Fielding to Basis of Issue