(By Balaseshan) Exelis Inc. (NYSE:XLS), an aerospace, technology and security company also known as ITT Exelis, said it has received a rapid equipping force contract from the U.S. Army.
The McLean, Virginia-based has been awarded a Rapid Equipping Force contract to provide Mission Command On the Move (MCOTM) systems for the U.S. Army 2nd Infantry Division in South Korea.
The system, which is called Global Network on the Move-Active Distribution (GNOMAD), provides broadband, on-the-move, satellite connectivity through the integration of several commercial-off-the-shelf products.
The new systems will first be used in an upcoming exercise in South Korea and then, pending Army and unit approval, remain in country with the 2nd Infantry Division. Under the contract, Exelis will provide the GNOMAD systems, a field service representative and integration support.
The system delivers a combat-proven, modular, reliable communications system to extend critical network connectivity to the lowest possible echelon on the battlefield. The contract award is in support of the unit's operational needs statement that required a MCOTM system to support contingency missions in South Korea.
GNOMAD's reduced size, weight and power make it a viable solution for integration into multiple U.S. Army ground platforms, including Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) All-Terrain Vehicles (M-ATV), M1(V) Abrams, M2 Bradleys, and Strykers.
Possible mission command applications for these vehicles could include Digital Video Broadcast SATCOM Second Generation through the Viasat Linkway S2 modem.
Exelis also provided GNOMAD systems for the 4th Infantry Division while it was deployed to Iraq in 2011. The systems being delivered will have the same configuration as those used in Network Integration Exercise 12.1 at Fort Bliss, Texas, and White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, that hosted mission command applications such as Command Post of the Future.
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