AUGUST 25, 2009 -- Tellabs Government Systems (search Lightwave for Tellabs), working with prime contractor General Dynamics, will provide the Tellabs 7100 Optical Transport System to the U.S. Army under the Infrastructure Modernization (IMOD) program. The system will be used to link White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico with the Fort Bliss Range Complex in Texas.
According to Joe Shilgalis, vice president of Tellabs Government Systems, the Army named 10 prime contractors for the IMOD initiative in 2006. Part of the Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP), the 10-year IMOD program aims to upgrade and expand base telecommunications networks to improve voice and data services.
Certified by the Joint Interoperability Test Center (JITC) approximately 18 months ago, the 7100 will be expected to transport encrypted communications, much of it real-time, high-definition video, Shilgalis explains. The encryption will be handled by bulk encryptors and not by the Tellabs platform, Shilgalis says.
A key requirement will be the ability to handle rapidly changing communications needs, he adds.