From civil disobedience to full-scale military intervention involving all-out war, world events continue to increase awareness of the critical role of C4I on the battlefield. Today, militaries share the front line of defense with intelligence agencies, law enforcement, and emergency services, with budgets reflecting the wide variety of systems and technologies currently available – including C4I systems. The glut of oil, and the resulting drop in prices, has caused an economic fallout around the world as governments once again tighten the defense budget purse strings. However, C4I, specifically communications and networking systems, continues to be a primary focus of the overall defense electronics market. Defense products that facilitate the flow of information will remain profitable into the future. Continue reading →
After proving itself in operations in Afghanistan, the WIN-T is now set to begin full-rate production. Under a $219 million contract for WIN-T Increment 2 awarded by the U.S. Army to General Dynamics in June 2015, more than 300 vehicle-based network communication nodes will be produced, plus related equipment and materials. WIN-T Increment 2 (the system’s second installment) is the Army’s communications backbone, providing secure, on-the-move communications, mission command and situational awareness for commanders and their soldiers. The order allows the Army to continue fielding WIN-T Increment 2 to Army units currently scheduled to receive the system. Continue reading →
The U.S. Air Force’s Operational Awareness Technology project is a multifaceted effort that will continue to be supported by the defense budget even in the face of pressures to lower costs. FI is projecting that the Air Force will allocate around $215 million toward this project over the next 10 years, with some $39 million to be spent from FY15 through FY16 alone. Driving these expenditures is the Air Force’s push for a network-centric, collaborative intelligence analysis capability.