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. supporting forward command teams, fire controllers and special forces. 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.

Previously relied on military communications satellites, military forces are expanding their use of commercial services, given the growing capacity available from many satellite operators. Eutelsat, the Paris based SATCOM operator operates 28 geostationary satellites in C, Ku and Ka-band, covering Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia, offering cross connectivity with the Americas. The network maintains three secure, redundant teleports in France and Italy. Iridium, a global SATCOM network is also widely used by the military, supporting on-demand long-range communications. The following briefs cover some of the latest SATCOM related applications unveiled at Eurosatory 2012.

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The following articles outline some of the recent trends reflected at Eurosatory 2012

  • Thales: JEM Gains SATCOM Access Via Software Upgrade
  • Exelis: GNOMAD – Taking SATCOM On The Move
  • Gilat SATCOM: Reaching Underground
  • Elta Systems: MANPACK SATCOM is designed for Special Ops
  • Elbit Systems: Elsat2100 – Low profile SOTM Terminal
  • L3 Linkabit: Standardizing WIN-T IP SATCOM Wavefor
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