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US Army equips first unit with T2C2

14th March 2018 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The US Army has equipped its first unit – the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division - with the new Transportable Tactical Command Communications (T2C2) system, the US Army announced on 6 March.

The T2C2 system is an inflatable satellite communications system that will provide expeditionary mission command and situational awareness capabilities. The resilient SATCOM terminal can resist extreme weather conditions and air drops. It can be packed in easily transportable hard side transit cases or soft sided cases and can be rapidly setup or torn down.

Both T2C2 Lite (1.2 metre satellite terminal) and T2C2 Heavy (2.4 metre satellite terminal) provide agile robust high-bandwidth network communications and mission command. Both variants are inflatable, providing units with a larger antenna, increasing capability and bandwidth efficiency in half the size of current solutions.

Because of its higher bandwidth, soldiers in remote locations can leverage T2C2 to utilise mission command systems. It also enables communications systems such as whiteboard, chat, video and video teleconference, and VoIP calls that require significant data throughput.

The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, will be the next unit fielded with T2C2, with fielding expected to be complete in mid-April 2018. Currently, the army is planning to field over 800 T2C2 systems.

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