Vehicular Intercom Systems (VIS)
VIS provides vehicle intercom systems, components, headsets and ancillary hardware to the Army, Navy and Marines. These products allow the members of crew-served vehicles to communicate in the extreme-noise environments that are common to combat vehicles. They improve situational awareness through effective crew communications while providing crew members with critically needed hearing protection. To date, VIS has provided more than $1.7 billion in vehicle intercom components for more than 70 DoD and allied vehicle platforms operating across the globe.
The VIS legacy system is the Army/Navy Vehicle Inter Communications 3, or AN/VIC-3. The AN/VIC-3 provides a standardized, modular and easily configurable intercom suite that enhances situational awareness and speech intelligibility while attenuating ambient vehicle, gunfire and impulse (explosion) noise. It has proven itself rugged and durable with a “ring” architecture that automatically re-routes signals through highly robust, double-shielded cables to ensure that crew members continue communicating even if some of the cables are severed by combat damage.
VIS is now introducing the next-generation AN/VIC-5, which will enter production in 2013. The AN/VIC-5 provides the same reliability, modularity and ease of use as the AN/VIC-3, but with a much larger feature set. Both systems use the same mounting brackets or drill holes, the same cables, the same “ring” architecture, and have the same power requirements. In addition, The AN/VIC-5’s main module provides a 1GB Ethernet connection, while the other modules provide 100MB connections. This allows connection to Ethernet-based networks, Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance systems, and smart displays. Other major improvements: the AN/VIC-5 uses Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and can connect to VOIP networks; the AN/VIC-5 is software defined and can be upgraded in the field by trained users, thereby accelerating enhancements; and the AN/VIC-5 supports 20 users and as many as 16 additional radios.
VIS is part of the Project Manager, Defense Communications and Army Transmission Systems (DCATS) portfolio of programs. With an annual budget authority of more than $550M, DCATS enables information dominance for the Army, Department of Defense, National Command Authority and International Partners by acquiring, implementing and sustaining strategic satellite and terrestrial communication systems, and by leading technologies to meet current and future requirements.
Product Director: Mr. Twyman Bledsoe
Fort Belvoir, VA