Governments and militaries in more than a dozen countries around the world have successfully trialled or are currently evaluating Inmarsat's new L-TAC service for communications-on-the-move.
Two of the world's largest armed forces have already acquired the satellite communications solution, greatly enhancing their communications capabilities in the field.
Launched officially in July 2013, L-TAC uses Inmarsat's global L-band satellites to extend the reach of UHF military radios.
By affixing a small antenna and sub-system to either a vehicle or a soldier's backpack, military and other personnel can use their existing UHF radios to access global satcoms.
L-TAC has been tested successfully on the move at speeds of up to 70 mph.
“This is a tremendous achievement considering the L-TAC service was launched only two months ago and product modules have only become available this month,” said Andy Start, President, Global Government at Inmarsat.
“We responded quickly to a demand in the marketplace with an easy-to-use service that addresses a communications challenge for the world's militaries. We are very pleased to see the enthusiasm and uptake to this point.”
UHF military satcoms typically utilises expensive and scarce TACSAT channels. L-TAC's hardware converts the UHF radio signal to L-band to enable transmission across Inmarsat's global satellite network.
Militaries that have trialed the service have praised its voice quality, ease of use and rapid set-up. The service provides clear communications at high speeds, crucial for convoys on the move in hostile environments.
“The L-TAC service fills a gap in military capability by offering access to assured L-band capacity that significantly expands beyond-line-of-sight communication on the move, at the pause and at the halt,” Andy Start continued.
“In only nine months, Inmarsat developed an offering that is easy-to-use, requires minimal training and is highly cost-effective in that it precludes the need to replace expensive radio equipment – demonstrating our ability to quickly respond to the requirements of our government customers.”
Inmarsat and its partners are showcasing L-TAC at the DSEI exhibition in London from 10-13 September and are sponsoring the ADS Defence Reception on Thursday, 12 September.