The Airborne Networking Capability in combination with the Deployable Ground Entry Point provides secure IP-over-Radio connectivity between ground-based Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JISR) systems and an E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) in flight. This IP-over-Radio capability provides IP-ready network interfaces and media-control appliques to existing E-3A's low-bandwidth bearers such as UHF/HF radios, Iridium SATCOM, and UHF-DAMA SATCOM systems.
Although originally developed by NCI Agency in response to ISAF's requirements for IP-networking and XMPP 'Chat' capability onboard NATO AWACS, the Deployable Ground Entry Point's architecture and technology allows the addition of other bearers such as VHF, commercial cellular technology 3G or 4G/LTE, Wi-Fi or WiMAX, making it a universal capability for all services with a requirement for IP-over-Radio connectivity in mission networks.
These new deployable capabilities support important operational objectives for 'first-responders' such as:
• Digitally-Aided Close Air Support,
• Immediate messaging and reporting in support of Command and Control (XMPP Chat),
• Time-sensitive-targeting (FAST)
• JISR management (JISR-product sharing and CSD meta-data replication),
• Cooperative Electronic-Support-Measure Operations,
• Maritime surveillance and tracking,
• Air traffic control,
• Enhanced situational awareness (NATO friendly force information (FFI), ICC/JREAP), and
• Joint-Range-Extension for tactical data links (JREAP C).