The Warfighter Information Network – Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 2 began fielding in October 2012 and serves as the tactical network communications backbone of the Army’s capability sets. With WIN-T Increment 2, Soldiers can utilize applications for maneuver, fires and intelligence from inside vehicles, enabling commanders to make decisions on-the-move rather than being tied down to a fixed command post. This ensures effective and unpredictable offensive and defensive operations.
The Tactical Communications Node (TCN) provides the principal backbone element and supports command post operations for the WIN-T Increment 2 network. It provides communication and networking equipment and allows the Soldier to access the network at a variety of security levels. While at-the-halt, the TCN is equipped with a 10-meter, extendable mast to improve line-of-sight connectivity and larger satellite assemblage for high throughput.
BENEFIT TO THE WARFIGHTER:
Combat vehicles integrated with WIN-T Increment 2 provide the on-the-move communications, mission command and situational awareness that commanders need to lead from anywhere on the battlefield. WIN-T Increment 2 enables deployed Soldiers down to the company level operating in remote and challenging terrain to maintain voice, video and data communications while on patrol, with connectivity rivaling that found in a stationary command post.
- Point of Presence installed on select platforms at division, brigade and battalion echelons, enabling mobile mission command by providing on-the-move network connectivity, including beyond-line-of-sight
- Soldier Network Extension (SNE) installed on select vehicles at the company echelon to extend network from brigade down to company level for the first time; on-the-move satellite communication systems enables SNE to heal and extend lower echelon tactical radio network for features blocked by terrain
- Vehicle Wireless Package (VWP) for non-WIN-T command and control (C2) vehicles provides remote connectivity to a TCN via a Local Access Waveform for C2 vehicles during at-the-halt and on-the-move operations
- NetOps and Security Center provides network management, enhanced tactical network planning, administration, monitoring and response capabilities