WestWind furnished all data, supporting labor, supplies, services, facilities and equipment necessary for the acquisition and delivery of the production Digital Backbone B-kits.
The Digital Backbone is a system architecture, with a set of C4ISR components, and Software that integrates communications, navigation, C2, video and other on-board electrical/digital systems into a common environment for enhanced user operation and local Situational Awareness.
Digital Backbone components are common across MRAP FoV:
2 Smart Displays
High Speed Network
Video and Data Distribution/Processing
The Digital Backbone enables future capability insertion further forward with reduced SWaP.
Digital Backbone Features
- Modular and open to manageable competitive configuration item levels
- Scalable software defined as services for applications and support
- Well defined and limited dependencies between components of software, hardware, and software to hardware
- COTS based at the component level
- User access to all functionality with common look and feel
- User task sharing/collaboration enabled and redundant back up
- Initial BIT and CBM concepts
The purpose of the Digital Backbone B-kits is to integrate current and capability insertion-added Mission Equipment Packages; enable future growth, optimize for size, weight and power and address human factors constraints relative to crew operation of the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. WestWind was awarded an IDIQ contract to furnish all data, supporting labor, supplies, services, facilities and equipment necessary for the acquisition and delivery of the production Digital Backbone B-kits. WestWind delivered packaged kits with supporting data and items as well as separately packaged spares and Remote Control Power Cards. Successful execution of this program was required to provide kits to support in-theater upgrades of the MRAP vehicles. WTI’s ability to initiate and maintain early delivery of kits was in the best interest of the customer and the end user.