Army completes assembly of Capability Set 13 prototypes

The first five mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) prototype vehicles outfitted with the networked communications capabilities known as Capability Set 13 have been shipped to Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., where they will undergo safety testing before they are fielded to two Brigade Combat Teams of the 10th Mountain Division in October, the Army said in an Aug. 28 press release.

The vehicles were outfitted at the Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) in Warren, Mich., with the fully integrated package of radios, satellite systems, software applications, smart phone-like devices and other network components that provide integrated connectivity  Lessons learned from the Army's Network Integration Evaluation were incorporated into the process to streamline engineering and production, officials said in the announcement.

The prototypes are equipped with the latest Army tactical radios, mission-command software and the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical satellite communications suite, the announcement said. The vehicles will provide soldiers and commanders with mobile networking, also known as mission command on the move, allowing them to take valuable network capability with them as they maneuver around the battlefield, the announcement said.

The remaining MRAP production assets with Capability Set 13 are being integrated and produced at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in Charleston, S.C.. They will be shipped to Aberdeen in August and September for additional safety and network verification testing before being sent to the 10th Mountain Division in October.

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