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US Marine Corps Orders 36 Satcom Terminals from GATR

By | July 14, 2015
      GATR Antenna inflatable

      An inflatable 2.4-meter GATR antenna. Photo: GATR Technologies

      [Via Satellite 07-14-2015] The U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) has approved full rate production of 36 inflatable satellite communications antennas from GATR Technologies for its High Bandwidth Special Intelligence-Palletized Terminal (HBSI-PT) Program of Record. The order supplies 2.4-meter X- and Ku-band terminals to support the USMC’s Radio and Intelligence Battalions.

      The HBSI-PT configuration is a dual-band antenna system with Ku- and X-band capability, plus a colorless transport networking stack comprised of a colorless core and three enclave networking group. This USMC HBSI-PT configuration consists of five cases (antenna, modem/power, Ku-band, X-band, networking group) weighing less than 370 lbs. per terminal. According to GATR, the HBSI-PT has the same performance as a 4,000-lb. mobile terminal but packages far below the size of other compact terminals. The Marine Corps contract, valued at more than $11 million, is the first independent Department of Defense (DOD) Program of Record for GATR’s commercial technology, earning a type designator of AN/TSC-212.