Fifth Launch Completes Satellite Completes U.S. Navy’s Global Military Cellular Network

The US Navy's fifth and last Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite was launched June 24, 2016, aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket. The system will transform legacy telephone links into a globally connected IP-based ‘mobile phone’ network, that will support voice, text and data, enabling small units to switch from line-of-sight communications to beyond line-of-sight Satellite Communications. (SATCOM).

China Tested an Upgraded CH-4 “Rainbow” Weaponized Drone

China has tested a new version of the CH-4 "Rainbow" drone equipped with satellite control and improved EO payloads supporting HD standards. During the test last month, the weaponized drone launched AR-1 missiles which struck their targets at high precision, under operator command launched over a distance of 1,000 km.

Compact INMARSAT SATCOM Extends Tactical UAVs Range, Performance

Cobham SATCOM has developed what is claimed to be the smallest and lightest Inmarsat UAV satcom solution. Mounted within the airframe and measuring 24cm x 16cm x 6cm, the AVIATOR UAV 200 delivers up to 200 kbps data and full, real-time control of data channels.

Skynet Constellation Expands to Cover the Asia-Pacific

Airbus Defence and Space announced this week that it is moving the SkyNet 5A military satellite to the Asia Pacific region to extend its coverage in this area. The move will provide worldwide coverage for the first time.

French Air Force tests UAV control via SATCOM

The flight represents a first operational test of a "Reachback" concept for the Harfang, proving that the UAS piloting functions could be transferred from the cockpit in Niger, where the UAV took off from, to the cockpit in Cognac almost 5,000 km away, for the activation and control of the drone's sensors

US Army to Spend $440 Million on Inflatable SATCOM Antennae

GATR Technologies announced today that it has been awarded a contract to deliver Inflatable Satellite Antennae (ISA) to the US military at an aggregate...

EU Summit Sets Defense Technology Focus on: UAS, Aerial Refuelling,...

“Heads of State and Government yesterday highlighted the importance of an effective Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) for the security of European citizens,...

SATCOM Assists ESA-EDA Demonstration of UAV Airspace Integration

A European project designed to prove the feasibility of operating unmanned aerial systems in non-segregated airspace completed six missions flown form the Spanish Air...

US Air Force Monitors Commercial SATCOM Channels to Locate Jamming

The US Air Force has been operating a globally deployed network of Rapid Attack Identification Detection Reporting Systems - satellite communications nodes that monitor civilian satellite communications signals and detecting the source of interference and jamming that could disrupt military communications dependent on those channels

Israel’s Infantry Units to Receive Gilat Satellites Manpack SATCOM Terminals

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has selected Gilat Satellite Networks' SatTrooper-1000 military Manpack Satellite Communications (SATCOM) terminal to equip combat units with advanced, beyond line...

WIN-T – The Army’s Tactical Backbone

WIN-T Increment 2 gear tested on an M-ATV during the Network Integration Evaluation exercise, 2011.
Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) and its latest incremental upgrade known as Increment 2 (WIN-T Inc 2) are a central part of CS-13. It will also provide all Army units a common networking baseline layer, enabling full connectivity between units utilizing new generation systems (JTRS, AWN2, etc) and those that still rely on legacy systems (SINCGARS etc), allowing each unit to use its equipment with utmost efficiency and capacity.

SATCOM Solutions at Eurosatory 2012

As the demand for Satellite Communications (SATCOM) has increased in current operations around the world, military forces around the world are investing in fielding terminals, mobile and SATCOM On-The-Move (SOTM) capabilities as well as in portable systems. In this issue Defense Update reviews some of the latest commercial SATCOM based systems available for the military user, offering exciting new applications supporting asymmetric warfare and operations in complex terrain.

L3-Com Linkabit Standardizes WIN-T IP SATCOM Waveform

L-3 Linkabit provides turnkey SATCOM On-The-Move solutions that enable mobile and halted forces to collaborate, access Global Information Grid (GIG) resources, and exchange voice, data and video in a tactical environment. The MPM-1000 modem product family, which, when combined with an antenna and tracking system, provides an off-the-shelf SATCOM On-The-Move solution for both military and commercial applications.

Elta’s MANPACK SATCOM is designed for Special Ops

A true man-portable system offered by Elta Systems is ELK-1895, a lightweight man-pack tactical SATCOM terminal, carried and operated by a single soldier. Developed with special-forces applications in mind, the terminal can be adapted for submarine transportation.