Mission Network: On-The-Move


Integrated on a variety of tactical vehicles to best suite unit requirements, Tactical Network Transport - On The Move (TNT-OTM) configurations enable mobile mission command; robust, secure reliable voice, video and data communications; and a real-time common operating picture from anywhere on the battlefield. TNT-OTM enables Soldiers operating in remote and challenging terrain to maintain network communications while on patrol, with connectivity similar to that of a stationary command post. Using both line-of-sight and beyond-line-of-sight for optimal network connectivity, these configurations deliver a global, mobile, resilient, redundant tactical communications network.

TNT-OTM’s mobility ensures effective and less predictable offensive and defensive operations. In the fires battalions, the system improves the speed and reliability of the fires network, while also extending range and increasing the survivability of artillery units. Soldiers can expand operational reach well beyond line-of-sight radio ranges and still maintain voice/chat/data communications using satellite-based re-transmission, or retrans. Retrans can be located with maneuver forces alleviating the need for isolated retrans elements that require combat power to protect.

In support of expeditionary, quick reaction and air assault mission requirements, PdM Mission Network integrated the Tactical Communications Node (TCN) and Network Operations and Security Center (NOSC) onto HMMWVs, versus Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTVs), which can be sling loaded and transported by helicopter across the battlefield or rolled onto a C-130 aircraft, making the Army network more expeditionary and providing significantly increased agility and operational flexibility.

Integrated on a variety of tactical vehicles, the TCN-Lite (L); NOSC-L; Next Generation Point of Presence (NextGen PoP) and NextGen Soldier Network Extension (SNE) provide significant reductions in size, weight and power (SWaP), but more importantly, they reduce system complexity to make the systems easier to train, operate, maintain and sustain.

Supporting the Army’s Capability Set 23 efforts to provide OTM network connectivity to armored brigade combat teams (ABCTs), PdM Mission Network will pilot TNT-OTM prototypes integrated into ABCTs, to enable these armored units with more effective and less predictable offensive and defensive operations.

The Army’s TNT-OTM modernization efforts support and are aligned with the Army Network Modernization Strategy Line Of Effort #1 Unified Network and #4 Command Post Mobility and Survivability.

Main Components

  • The TCN and TCN-Lite provide satellite and line-of-sight network connectivity, both on-the-move in a convoy, at the quick halt, and to the stationary command post, enabling mission command and advanced communications.
  • The NOSC and NOSC-L provide network management and enhanced tactical network planning, administration, monitoring and response capabilities. The hardware is located on the vehicle and is connected by cables to the laptops and large display screens inside the tactical operations center where the communications officers manage the network.
  • The PoP and NextGen PoP are installed on select combat platforms at corps, division, brigade and battalion echelons, enabling mobile mission command by providing on-the-move network connectivity, both line-of-sight and beyond-line-of-sight. The PoP and NextGen PoP enable mobile mission command by providing on-the-move network connectivity, both line-of-sight and beyond-line-of-sight.
  • The SNE and NextGen SNE are installed on select vehicles to provide on-the-move network communications to extend the network from the battalion down to the company level. Using its on-the-move satellite communication systems, the SNE can also be used to heal and extend lower echelon tactical radio networks for geographically separated elements blocked by terrain features.