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Avanti Signs Key NATO Agreement Avanti Communications has signed an ordering agreement with NATO’s Communications and Information Agency (NCIA), formerly the NC3A Agency, to provide service from its Hylas fleet. Avanti said the agreement allows NATO command agencies and NATO member states to request pricing and place orders using pre-arranged terms and conditions and pricing [...]

By | September 1, 2012

Military Supplement September 2012

Letter From The Editor

The military satellite communications landscape is on the cusp of change as governments around the world look to embrace new technologies while keeping an eye on the costs involved in deploying new state-of-the-art technologies. These two issues seem to go hand-in-hand. It is a balancing act. The equation now is to deliver more with less, [...]

By | September 1, 2012

Technology Advances Promise Brighter Future in Milsatcom

The U.S. military budget continues to shrink to the order of $487 billion in the next decade alone as conventional forces draw down in Iraq and Afghanistan. Military decision makers, however, continue to look at how best to field technology to meet their growing requirements, while those on the commercial side of the bargaining table [...]

By | September 1, 2012

Future Milsatcom Strategy Requires Balanced Equation of Economics, Technology

Planning, procuring and building out the next-generation milsatcom architecture is no easy task these days for decision-makers and system planners working in the Pentagon. Not only must military satcom architects develop capability across a range of space mission requirements and integrate new technology, but they must also procure systems that will enhance the utility and [...]

By | September 1, 2012

Military Briefs

Boeing, Artel Partner to Sell Inmarsat Bandwidth to U.S. Government Boeing Commercial Satellite Services has entered into a cooperative business agreement with Artel to distribute Inmarsat bandwidth to U.S. government customers via the Inmarsat-3, -4 and -5 satellites. Boeing said it has been working with Artel and potential customers and users to develop Ka-band powered [...]

By | April 1, 2012

Military Supplement April 2012

Letter From The Editor

The milsatcom market could be an interesting one to watch this year given that governments around the world are still in the process of shaping their future plans. What is interesting is that there is much more talk of troop withdrawals and reducing military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq now than there has been during [...]

By | April 1, 2012

Contraction, Reaction: Budget Cut Resistance Driving UAV Technology Initiatives

The U.S. Air Force received a vital boost to its satellite communications capacity supply on a clear evening in mid-January, when a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket lofted its fourth Wideband Global Satcom (WGS-4) satellite from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The $464 million Boeing-built satellite, capable of providing 10 times the communications [...]

By | April 1, 2012

Small is beautiful: Manpack Technology Offers More with Less

Infantry and Special Forces alike have long needed tactical communications-on-the-move manpack terminals that are flexible and quickly deployable to provide ground-based situational awareness. Used since just before World War II, tactical radios have evolved with advances in size, weight and performance, as well as expanding waveforms to support network-centric warfare. Key breakthroughs include the introduction [...]

By | April 1, 2012

Military Supplement September 2011

Letter From The Editor

There are a number of factors that have placed the military satellite communications landscape in a state of evolution. With most countries in the western world coming to grips with major debt issues, expensive technology projects and new acquisition strategies can often get shelved as governments simply won’t allocate the funds or deviate from the [...]

By | September 1, 2011

Commercial’s Growing Profile In the New MilsatCom Landscape

A new military satellite communications landscape is emerging. With budgets being cut, the door is being opened for greater flexibility and innovation as DoDs’ try and meet increasing bandwidth demands, but try and reduce costs at the same time. Faced with tighter fiscal budgets and the unrelenting need for military bandwidth, DoD and government users [...]

By | September 1, 2011

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