ITT Exelis has won a contract to develop a communications service for the Defense Information Systems Agency that connects users to a satellite-based network for voice and data exchange.
DISA aims for the company to demonstrate the service by 2014 for the “Global Services” development phase of the agency’s Distributed Tactical Communications System, Exelis said Tuesday.
The company will develop a technology that intends to consolidate applications and tools on multiple platforms and help users communicate with each other on the push-to-talk service regardless of location or distance.
“This enhanced capability can be integrated into existing communications systems, so users do not have to wait for new devices to gain global coverage,” said Mark Adams, Exelis vice president and general manager of specialty applications.
Exelis will work with Iridium Satellite and DISA to develop the new interface with an open standard feature, intending to support the existing DTCS tactical radios and other devices.
U.S. military units in Iraq and Afghanistan have been using a regional DTCS system with netted communication since 2009.