Soldiers’ lives depend on Soldier’s Network equipment. Testing is not just a box to check, but a critical part of what the Soldier’s Network is and how it operates, on an ongoing basis. Because of this, testing is an essential part of General Dynamics Mission Systems’ culture.
To back up that commitment, General Dynamics Mission Systems has invested significant amounts of its own resources to develop an on-site test track for its mobile communications equipment and on a facility for ensuring the products it develops can perform in the punishingly extreme conditions warfighters operate. These facilities save the government time and money, by allowing important tests to take place on-site at the production facility, with government oversight.
The Soldier’s Network is a complex, multi-component “system of systems.” Given the number of platforms, applications and users that interact with the Soldier’s Network backbone, WIN-T or its devices, including the Manpack and Rifleman radios, whenever new components are added or current components are changed through hardware or software upgrades, ensuring stable interaction between separately developed network systems is absolutely necessary and part of what General Dynamics Mission Systems does to ensure the Soldier’s Network is ready.