BLKWF13 USAF BACN GLEX sw outta Pakiland instead of Iraq for a change heading back to Al Dhafra AB Abu Dhabi
Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN)
Four U.S. E-11As are assigned to the 430th Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron
BACN is a communications relay and gateway system that provides military commanders with a versatile means of exchanging information from multiple air, ground, and maritime sources, to include host nation, joint, and coalition forces. It facilitates the transport of both voice and data across the battlespace enabling network connectivity among weapon systems, sensors, warfighters, decision makers, platforms, and command centers at all echelons of command and control (C2). BACN reduces line-of-sight issues, provides greater range for communication links, and provides commanders with versatile and flexible communications support across the range of military operations as well as a reliable means of communications between edge users across different waveforms and data formats.