Blue Force Tracking

May 1, 2015
By Sandra Jontz
Command Sgt. Maj. Alan Hummel, USA, senior enlisted adviser for the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, uses a Joint Battle Command-Platform system to navigate to his unit’s training on the Blue Force Tracking technology.

Just as soldiers on a battlefield use technology to pinpoint locations of friend and foe, emergency service agencies are equipping departments with the Blue Force Tracking capability as state and local governments seek to improve situational awareness.

August 4, 2010
By George Seffers

ViaSat has announced a $477 million U.S. Army contract to supply the next generation of high-speed, high-capacity, low-latency Blue Force Tracking equipment as part of the Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below Program.

July 26, 2010
By George Seffers

ViaSat, Inc., Carlsbad, California, was recently awarded a $37.6 million firm-fixed-price contract to provide blue force tracking 2 (BFT-2) for Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2).  BFT-2 is the next generation of the BFT transceiver/network. With BFT-2, FBCB2 will have the capability to upgrade position reports in seconds rather than minutes, thousands of platforms will share a single satellites channel, resulting in reduced recurring cost, and icons on a computer screen will more accurately represent a vehicle's location. U.S.