- The army can now begin buying the inflatable satellite system
- The army intends to field T2C2 to 15 operational elements
The US Army's Transportable Tactical Command Communications (T2C2), which provides satellite capability to small units operating in areas without network infrastructure, has achieved its full-rate production decision, enabling the army to begin procuring and fielding the expeditionary inflatable satellite system.
The army announced the decision in January and the service will field two air-droppable variants of T2C2 – the AN/TSC-232 Lite variant, which operates in X-band, is manportable, and uses Cubic's GATR 1.2 m satellite terminal. It can be rapidly setup to provide satellite communications (SATCOM) in remote locations. T2C2 Lite can be on the air in less than 10 minutes.
The AN/TSC-233 Heavy variant uses GATR's 2.4 m satellite terminal and supports military Ka- and X-bands and commercial Ku-band and provides a high-bandwidth tactical network extension for small companies and small forward operating bases working beyond-line-of-sight from their higher headquarters, according to the US Army.
Both terminals will enable early entry forces access, via satellite, to the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) network to obtain the situational awareness and mission command capabilities needed to conduct entry operations and set the stage for follow-on force, according to the army.
Since the T2C2 solution is inflatable, soldiers can rapidly set up their satellite terminal, enabling continuity of mission command during the initial phases of operation. Additionally, T2C2 can provide a larger dish size, with increased capability and bandwidth efficiency, in a smaller transport package, according to the army.
"T2C2 provides commanders and soldiers with the communications agility and operational flexibility they need to help them retain overmatch against very capable adversaries," Lieutenant Colonel Jenny Stacy, product manager for Satellite Communications, Project Manager Tactical Network, said in a statement.
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