Oct 31, 2013 19:25 UTC
Latest updates[?]: Almost half a billion more to develop WIN-T Increment 3.
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As the Army’s tactical portion of the USA’s Global Information Grid (GIG) network, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) is designed to help deployed forces tap into that global network and its databases, collectors, and connections to national agencies. At present, this requires multiple private networks, or outright forward deployment of representatives from the agencies in question. If it can be done at all.
WIN-T has absorbed the program formerly known as the Joint Network Node, and another 3 fielding increments will gradually add key capabilities to the system. Increment 1/ JNN is widely fielded, Increment 2 is being fielded, and R&D contracts are beginning fleshing out Increment 3.
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Oct 19, 2013 14:00 UTC
Latest updates[?]: program update; Manufactures have produced their test vehicles; USMC decides they still need a HMMWV program - could it become a competitor?
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In an age of non-linear warfare, where front lines are nebulous at best and non-existent at worst, the concept of unprotected rear echelon vehicles, designed with the idea that they’d never see serious combat, has been one of the biggest casualties. That imperative was driven home on 2 fronts. One front was operational. The other front was, and is, buying trends.
These trends, and their design imperatives, found their way into the USA’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program, which aims to replace many of the US military’s 120,000 or so Humvees. The US military’s goal is a 7-10 ton vehicle that’s lighter than its MRAPs and easier to transport aboard ship, while offering substantially better protection ad durability than existing up-armored Humvees. They’d also like a vehicle that can address front-line issues like power generation, in order to recharge all of the batteries troops require for electronic gadgets like night sights, GPS devices, etc.
DID’s FOCUS articles offer in-depth, updated looks at significant military programs of record. JLTV certainly qualifies, and recent budget planning endorsements have solidified a future that was looking shaky. Now, can the Army’s program deliver?
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