Kandahar Airfield (KAF), Afghanistan
Defense Communications Systems – Southwest Asia (DCS-SWA)
Client Needs and Requirements:
The existing communications infrastructure at Kandahar Airfield (KAF) required a major upgrade to meet the growing the needs of this critical facility. With plans for the base becoming more permanent, USACE needed the infrastructure to be redesigned and built to provide the high level of communications needed to fully support the base’s operations. In addition, newly constructed facilities were not connected to the existing infrasture.
Challenges and ISI’s Response:
KAF is a very active base, and it was critical to minimize disruptions to operations during these installations. The project required extensive excavation, road closures, and traffic detours, which were managed by ISI in coordination with appropriate personnel at the base.
In addition, many of the facilities that were being connected to this new network were highly sensitive and required extensive coordination to install and connect the new fiber optic systems into these facilities.
ISI completed a very difficult upgrade and installation project along very heavily congested roadways and in harsh weather conditions.
To deliver this project, ISI completed the following activities:
- Installed four Area Distribution Nodes (ADN) Facilities
- Installed five miles of concrete encased duct bank, fiber optic, copper cable
- Extended communications connectivity from the existing KAF TCF to distribute to the KAF west side and south park areas
- Project included connectivity to 23 buildings with NIPR, SIPR, CENTRX, and DSN networks.