The Network is a layered system of computers, software, radios and sensors that receive and pass sensor data from the unmanned systems to the Soldier and provide a common operating picture of the battlefield. The Network will be delivered to the Army’s Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs) in increasing capability increments. The first increment is currently in testing and will be delivered to the Infantry Brigade Combat Teams in the form of Network Integration Kits (NIKs).
The Soldier at every echelon, from brigade to squad will be connected to the proper sensor data and communication relays to ensure proper battlespace Situational Awareness.
The Network Integration Kit (NIK)
The NIK provides increased Situational Awareness and communications through advanced Network and communication settings. It provides the Warfighter with a multi-functional, mobile ad-hoc networking and secure tactical computing capability. The NIK contains the Integrated Computer System (ICS), Battle Command software and the Systems of Systems Common Operating Environment (SoSCOE). Communication applications include the Network Management System (NMS) which provides the management of voice and data communications between multiple system platforms. The Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Ground Mobile Radio (GMR) is also being integrated into the NIK.
Soldiers have successfully passed images from various unmanned sensors to and from NIK-equipped vehicles and to the Company and Battalion Tactical Operations Centers (TOCs).
To learn more about the Army's tactical network composition and program management please visit PEO C3T site at: http://peoc3t.monmouth.army.mil/<< Go Back