- The connected mobile battlefieldFast, safe, secure and reliable communications are an essential element of mission success and a force multiplier in today’s battlefield. There are many parallels between the evolution of automobiles and ground combat vehicles – both have become mobile ‘communication nodes’ on the network, rather than just a means of conveyance. It is understandable that people enduring the stress of combat might expect or even demand effective resilient communications while experiencing the harsh, high noise and vibration-intense environment of ground combat vehicles. Cobham plc provides a range of technologies to transform ground combat vehicles into multi-domain communication nodes, linking users with terrestrial and satellite-based communications and navigation systems, as well as providing them with sensors for intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, reconnaissance and self-protection. Michel Emelianoff, Sector President of Cobham Communications and Connectivity, outlines the different aspects of the connected mobile battlefield, and how they are expected to develop over the next five years.
- Advancements in UAS technologyUnmanned aircraft systems (UAS) play a fundamental part in today’s world. They are commonly-used for military, government and commercial applications around the globe to fulfil a number of needs. Those applications include reconnaissance, combat, research and development, and logistics. Many military groups and government sectors have become heavily reliant on the UAS for the acquisition of mission-critical data, as well as safeguarding soldiers in the field. The vital role played by UAS across a host of sectors makes it an industry to watch.
- A government-only provideriDirect Government, founded in 2008 as a wholly owned subsidiary of VT iDirect Inc., provides satellite communications technology to all arms of the US Government. Its products include hubs, routers and software, as well as the leading TRANSEC-compliant, FIPS-certified security package in the satellite industry and the leading IP-based bandwidth-efficient satellite platform for government and military communications. iDirect Government has recently launched a significant number of new products, including hubs, line cards and remotes. Amy Saunders met with John Ratigan, President of iDirect Government, to learn more about the company’s operations and industry challenges and to gain insight into what it means to be a government-only provider.
- Personal role radios: enhancing battlefield communications the world overReliable communications are a vital part of modern life, but nowhere more so than in the battlefield, where they are literally life-or-death. In years gone by, battlefield communications were based around shouted orders, written notes or a complex series of hand signals. With the advent of personal role radios (PRRs), all this changed. Military operations became streamlined, efficient and secure, improving operational capabilities for defence forces around the world.
- Challenges facing today’s customersXTAR LLC was founded in 2001 as the first commercial company to provide X-band satellite services. The privately-held company, which serves exclusively government and military users, started operations with the launch of XTAR-EUR at 29° East in 2005. The satellite hosts a NATO-configurable payload designed to support European customers. In 2006, XTAR-LANT was launched as a hosted payload on SPAINSAT at 30° West. XTAR was one of the first adopters of the hosted payload model. The company is currently exploring its expansion options by engaging with government policy makers and military acquisition authorities to ensure that any new systems fully address emerging user needs. Amy Saunders spoke with XTAR’s President and Chief Operating Officer - Philip Harlow and International Business Director Paul Bosher to find out more about commercial X-band services, the company’s areas of operation and the challenges faced by government and military users today.
- Australia – smart satellite use for homeland securityIn a world where threats come from increasingly obscure sources, homeland security is of the utmost importance. Governments around the globe must invest massive sums to keep their borders and citizens safe, not just from terror threats, but from natural disasters and disease as well. Such events are catastrophic to the local economy, the farming industry and nearby inhabitants. To protect against these threats and more, Australia makes heavy and consistent investments in new security technology. Here, Amy Saunders takes a look at the country’s recent homeland security advancements.