Blue Force Tracking 2 and C2SA Service
|Instant, accurate friend-or-foe position mapping and communications to help mobile warfighters across the battlefield make split-second life-or-death decisions and mission maneuvers in the fog of war||Selected to upgrade the US Army and Marine Corps BFT-2 satellite network with dramatic improvements in capacity, efficiency, and accuracy for instant PLI refresh and communications across the battlefield|
|Proven performance and reliability with satellite transceivers for ground vehicles and rotor/fixed-wing aircraft||Rapidly-deployable satellite service available around the world for FBCB2 BFT-2 network users, as well as international military forces for sovereign and coalition operations of any size|
FBCB2 Blue Force Tracking 2 (BFT-2)
By upgrading the US Army and Marine Corps Blue Force Tracking network, ViaSat brings real-time situational awareness and better networking capabilities to the warfighter with BFT-2. This next-generation Blue Force Tracking 2 network and transceivers provide dramatic improvements in situational awareness through faster Position Location Information (PLI) refresh rates and timely Command & Control (C2) communications across the battlefield compared to the legacy system. This BFT-2 system delivers improved network efficiency and reduces the Department of Defense’s total operational expenditure for the specified capability. The US Army began fielding of BFT-2 in April 2012.
Real-Time Command & Control and Situational Awareness
with More Accuracy and Capacity
Powered by ViaSat technology and service, the FBCB2 BFT-2 network provides real-time C2SA information from brigade down to the warfighter and platform level, helping to increase combat effectiveness and prevent fratricide. Our BFT-2 system provides the fastest, most efficient continuous monitoring of location and progress of friendly and enemy forces so that mobile and dismounted warfighters can see a clear, live map (with position reports updated in seconds) for accurate situational awareness. The next-generation BFT-2 system offers more accuracy and capacity than the original system, providing real-time location updates, instant messaging, and IP-capable networking to mobile air and ground platforms. We supply the BFT-2 network with air and ground transceivers, satellite ground stations, and network control centers, as well as satellite and terrestrial communications services.
BFT-2 for Mobile Ground and Air
With BFT-2, network users around the world can achieve real-time position accuracy by operating through a Ground Vehicular Transceiver or Aviation Transceiver globally. The average round-trip message latency through the network has been demonstrated and proven to be less than two seconds.
ViaSat provides the following equipment and services in the new BFT-2:
- Small BFT-2 satellite terminals for a variety of ground vehicles and rotor/fixed wing aircraft
- Hub equipment for high-speed two-way access to ground and airborne terminals
- FIPS 140-2 Level 2 data link security to protect from adversarial traffic analysis and data probing
- Network Operations Center (NOC) equipment for overall network monitoring and control
- Backbone network to connect all FBCB2 NOCs into a single network for worldwide interoperability
- Integration with fielded and future FBCB2 software versions
- Engineering services in support of the BFT-2 network
Worldwide C2SA Service for International Military Forces
For international military operations beyond FBCB2, we offer real-time Blue Force Tracking and situational awareness as a turnkey satcom service for sovereign and coalition forces worldwide. Used on its own or as an augmented extension of other C4I systems, this rapidly-deployable C2SA service provides military commanders and warfighters with live, pinpoint-accurate location information, instant C2 messaging, and IP-based networking for dozens to thousands of forces in any region of the world. ViaSat’s worldwide C2SA network ensures roll-in/roll-out service no matter where your mission takes you.
How to Buy
Tel: +1 760.893.2995
Faster, More Effective Situational Awareness from the New U.S. Army FBCB2 BFT-2 (Source: US Army PEO C3T FBCB2)
BFT-1 vs BFT-2 Tracking Accuracy Comparison (Source: US Army PEO C3T FBCB2)
Army Fields Next-Gen Blue Force Tracking System (ASD News, July 2011)
Next-Gen Blue Force Tracking System Gets Major Boost (Defense Systems, March 2011)