Military Embedded Systems

Tactical communications contract to support Army's expeditionary warfare


September 23, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

PacStar photo.

PORTLAND, Ore. PacStar, developer and supplier of advanced communications solutions for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), announced that it has won a tactical network communications contract by the U.S. Army Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T).

Under the contract, PacStar says it will deliver its PacStar 400-Series platform for Scalable Class of Unified Terminals (SCOUT) in support of the U.S. Army Integrated Tactical Network (ITN) program.

The ITN is a concept that incorporates the Army’s current tactical network environment with commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components and transport capabilities to enable communications in disconnected, intermittent and limited (DIL) bandwidth environments.

SCOUT is designed to provide small teams with expeditionary satellite capabilities for low bandwidth communications and exchange of secure and non-secure data, voice, and video. PacStar 400-Series solutions will be delivered to four Infantry Brigade Combat Teams (IBCTs) as part of the ITN Capability Set 21 rollout, delivering key capabilities optimized for small, agile units.

The company also claims that PacStar provides the baseband solution for the Army’s Transportable Tactical Command Communications (T2C2) program based on PacStar 400-Series. The T2C2 Program of Record is providing SCOUT in support of the Army’s Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFAB). As a result of this contract, a SCOUT variant will be included in the Integrated Tactical Network (ITN), providing commonality across platforms and reducing the unique hardware components in the Army network.

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