Sat-Com Network Topology
In today’s military forces it is vital to communicate between all forces seamlessly and effortlessly.
Legacy equipment procured through the various forces budgets created interoperability constraints and even within one of the forces, it is not uncommon to find rigid, limited, and uncompromising equipment in use.
Some real-life Military Communications limitations:
A particular brand installed in a vehicle can not be extracted and utilized as a manpack on the move when a vehicle is compromised leaving men without communications, naval vessels sinking with communications equipment leaving sailors stranded in lifeboats since the equipment is rack-mounted, etc.
Missions change, conditions change, and the flexibility to redeploy units are subject to the communications equipment in hand. Moving out of the VHF range necessitated by changing conditions without having HF radios will compromise men and equipment. The need to communicate to aircraft from the ground for supplies, evacuation, or air support may arise during changing conditions. Without GTA capability, such missions will be compromised, loss of men and equipment will occur.
Planning missions which include different forces such as the Army, The Air Force, and the Navy, each with different manufacturers of equipment is a reality and a serious limitation. The security level and reliability of communications of such combined forces operations are by default determined by the weakest link in the forces.
One force may have the highest level of COMSEC and TRANSEC, but the moment they need to communicate to the next which may have little or no security, the entire mission is compromised.
Traditionally these challenges were created through the necessity to procure communications equipment with limited operational capabilities. Single-band, single-role radios, different and limited range each with different COMSEC and TRANSEC capabilities create endless restrictions, and the general solution required enormous doubling up of equipment to cover unavoidable shortcomings.
This inevitably results in the need for the Army Soldier to carry on patrol an HF and a VHF radio, and frequently also an airband radio.
It is well known, weight, volume, and complexity in operations are undesirable additions to soldiers operating in dangerous conditions.
Mobile units may have it all covered until the vehicle is compromised and the crew needs to evacuate and fixed-mobile radios are then of no use. If they do not carry any HF, VHF and Airband Man portables in the vehicle, the crew safety, equipment, and mission are compromised.
Utilizing flexible Multi-Band, Multi-Role radios throughout forces will ensure everybody can communicate to everybody else under most conditions utilizing ONE radio which offers many advantages.
- Using the same Transceiver (SDR TRANSCEIVER) for Man-Pack, Base, Mobile, Repeater, Re-Bro stations as well as the exciter for the 125W Power Amplifier, 1000W High Power Amplifier, 200W GTA and Naval Applications minimize the number of equipment the operators needs to master and manage, the number of spares required, training required and simplify stock management and maintenance.
- Commanders will value such capabilities knowing, no matter whichever way they need to redeploy, their units will be capable to communicate on land, sea, and air on short, medium and long distances to provide situation reports, receive updated mission instructions to ensure missions are completed at a very high success rate, lowest fatalities, and least equipment losses.
The Sat-Com product range provides a vast reduction in capital expenditure with a major improvement in operational capabilities.