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Combat operation centre order for C4 Systems

General Dynamics C4 Systems : 04 December, 2009  (Application Story)
The Marine Corps has ordered additional combat operations centres equipped with mission critical software and VoIP for improved battlefield communications
General Dynamics C4 Systems will produce 24 additional Combat Operations Centres (COCs) for the US Marine Corps under a new $54 million contract modification. The COCs will enable command and control operations for Marines deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq, from division or air-wing headquarters to the regimental level. The COCs also support pre-deployment training at locations in the United States. This award modifies a contract initially granted to General Dynamics in 2002; the total value to date of that contract is now $741 million.

Each of the new COCs includes critical technology upgrades for greater command, control and communications interoperability that deliver improved networked communication among Marine Corps and Joint command-and-control systems.

COCs are the focal point of decision-making for Marine commanders and their staffs. The 24 new COCs include four capability set IIs, used at the division and aviation-wing levels of command; 10 capability set IIIs, used at the regimental level; and 10 capability set IVs, used by battalion or squadron commanders at the edge of the battlefield. The Marines currently own 295 Combat Operations Centres supporting pre-deployment training and operations at the battalion, squadron, regiment, group and Marine Expeditionary Brigade levels in Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries.

Each COC comprises a network of workstations and servers supporting standard Tactical Data Systems and other mission-critical software, voice, data and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) communications. Tents, trailers, radios, power generation and other tactical hardware integrate with each COC for a single-system command-and-control capability.

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