Real-time C2 + situational awareness with BFT-2 for US Army
BFT-2 in ground vehicles for real-time position accuracy
Aviation: separate antenna + modem for better aerodynamics
Refresh PLI in seconds instead of minutes with BFT-2

Blue Force Tracking 2

Real-Time Situational Awareness with 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. The 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 total operational expenditure for the specified capability. The US Army began fielding of BFT-2 in April 2012.

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. 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



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