Sotera Supports Aberdeen Test Center's Critical WIN-T Communications Network Testing

Nov 14, 2011, 09:30 ET from Sotera Defense Solutions

MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sotera Defense Solutions (Sotera), a provider of mission-critical, technology-based systems, solutions and services for national security agencies and programs of the U.S. government, recently served as a key mission partner supporting the Aberdeen Test Center's (ATC) Phase 2 testing of the U.S. Army's WIN-T tactical communications network backbone. To complete this task, Sotera helped the Army orchestrate the largest instrumented test ever performed at the Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG).

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The Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) provides high-speed, high capacity voice, data and video communications to units on the battlefield.  The current Increment 1 WIN-T system provides function while military formations are stationary. The recent Phase 2 testing examined WIN-T improvements via the Increment 2 WIN-T system that provides network function to military formations while in motion on the battlefield.  

Conduct of the Phase 2 Production Qualification Test-Government (PQT-G) testing required ATC to collect and analyze thousands of gigabytes of data on the WIN-T network performance.  As a key contractor supporting ATC, Sotera produced the Vehicle Integration Kits (VIK) and the VIK hardware that were key elements in collecting the test data.  

The VIK, mounted on each of the WIN-T system vehicles, provides an Electro-Magnetic Interference (EMI) and weather-protected, enclosed data acquisition and recording system consisting of twin Net Advanced Distributed Modular Acquisition System (NetADMAS) data acquisition and solid-state hard drive units, with a GPS interface.  The NetADMAS processes all WIN-T system network traffic into storable, streaming data adding position and time stamping at the microsecond time level. In addition, Sotera also provided the analytical expertise required to prepare and conduct analysis of the WIN-T traffic data collected during the testing.  

Harry Cunningham, Director of the ATC C4ISR Directorate, responsible for executing the WIN-T testing commented, "Sotera's support in preparing for and performing the WIN-T data analysis plus providing NetADMAS and VIK equipment was critical to the conduct of the Phase 2 PQT-G testing.  Sotera worked diligently to ensure that our test schedule and quality requirements were met.   They are key members of our ATC and WIN-T test support team."

A larger, nation-wide, Initial Operational Test (IOT) is scheduled for May, 2012 with all elements of the system in motion for nearly 100% of the duration of the test.

Sotera holds a services support contract with ATC providing engineering, procurement, and manufacturing services across a broad range of tasks.  With about thirty-five active tasks currently on the contract, services provided range from design and manufacturing of future electronic test data recorder equipment to equipping the new automotive dynamometer test facility while supporting a U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) study of ways to utilize optical polarization for battlefield identification.  To assist the broad variety of tasks Sotera supports, Sotera maintains an on-site engineering staff within the ATC premises who provide software and engineering design and fabrication support.

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Sotera Defense Solutions, Inc. (Sotera) is an agile, mid-sized national security technology company that delivers innovative systems, solutions and services in support of the critical missions of the Intelligence Community, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and federal law enforcement agencies charged with ensuring the safety and security of our nation. Sotera is projecting revenues of over $320 million in 2011. Our 1,400+ employees are focused on delivering essential counterterrorism, cyber operations, intelligence, C4ISR and force mobility solutions to our customers throughout the national security community.  Learn more about Sotera at www.soteradefense.com

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