Juniper Networks announced it has been selected as the OEM on four contracts awarded to Affigent and ThunderCat Technology to replace and modernize the U.S. Air Force’s network infrastructure.
By partnering with the prime contractors Affigent and ThunderCat Technology, Juniper Networks will install its switching technology on Air Force bases to deliver a restructured and open infrastructure for the Base Information Transport Infrastructure (BITI) program.
Juniper Networks technology will streamline operations for the Air Force and support the core and critical access network layers at each base. This includes a technology refresh for the core, distribution, critical access nodes and network management, as well as training and support for the warfighter.
Juniper Networks technology will support a total of 44 active duty Air Force bases worldwide for the Base Information Transport Infrastructure (BITI) program, the company said.
The Air Force network infrastructure, provided through BITI and powered by Juniper Networks, has 800,000 users worldwide and impacts every airman that’s supported by the critical communications capabilities at each base.
Full deployment will be ongoing, with a goal of completion by September 2016.
“The Air Force’s network modernization program and support for open and interoperable technologies will pay long-term dividends for its secure network,” said Bob Fortna, vice president of federal defense, Juniper Networks.