Trinity aims to enhance front-line connectivity for military personnel, linking small reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles, combat vehicles, fighter jets, aircraft carriers, and military commands. (BAE Systems )
BAE Systems has won the contract to deliver the Trinity network communications system for the British Armed Forces under the wider Land Environment Tactical Communications and Information Systems (LE TacCIS) programme.
Awarded by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), the five-year contract will require BAE Systems to design and manufacture a deployable tactical wide area network (WAN) known as ‘Trinity', which will deliver a secure battlefield internet capability to UK forces, the MoD announced on 22 August.
The contract known as ‘Design and Systems Integration Delivery' (DSID) will involve a consortium of partners including L3 Harris, KBR, and PA Consulting delivering the capability, which is expected from December 2025. GBP89 million (USD96 million) will be dedicated to the research and development (R&D) phase of the programme, with an option to extend the contract to nine years to cover full life-cycle development, BAE Systems added.
According to the announcement, Trinity will be a highly secure and resilient network made up of a series of nodes that are each able to add, access, and move data. Should various nodes be damaged in warfare, the rest will automatically re-route to maintain optimum network speed and the flow of information. The system will replace the operational communications network provided by BAE Systems, known as Falcon, which is due to retire in 2026.Although, Trinity will not replace the local area subsystem or telephony, the MoD said.
Lauren Thompson, Trinity account lead at BAE Systems Digital Intelligence, told Janes