The US Air Force Space Command's (AFSPC) cyberspace weapon system has achieved a milestone by gaining full operational capability (FOC).
The Air Force Intranet Control (AFINC) Weapon System will now control the flow of all external and inter-base traffic into the Air Force Information Network, through centrally managed gateways.
HQ AFSPC Integrated Air, Space, Cyberspace and ISR Operations director Brigadier General Stephen Whiting said: "This is a great achievement for the Air Force and the first cyberspace weapon system to achieve FOC.
"We look forward to continued rapid progress and maturation of the Air Force Cyberspace mission.
"As we all know, our mission is to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace."
The new network operated by 26th Network Operations Squadron (26th NOS), includes 16 Gateway Suites, 15 SIPRNET Nodes, 200+ Service Delivery Points and two Integrated Management Suites.
26th Cyberspace Operations Group commander Colonel Pamela Woolley said: "As the first line of defence for our network, the 26th NOS team is responsible for more than one billion firewall, web, and email blocks per week from suspicious and adversarial sources.
"Our network is under constant attack and it is a testament to the dedication of our 26th NOS team that our network reliability and traffic flow remains consistently high."
USAF has a range of similar cyberspace weapon system such as the Air Force Cyberspace Defense Weapon System, the Cyber Security and Control System Weapon System, the Cyber Command and Control Mission System Weapon System, the Cyberspace Defense Analysis Weapon System, and the Cyberspace Vulnerability Assessment / Hunter Weapon System.
Image: The Air Force Intranet Control Weapon System. Photo: US Air Force.