14 March 2018: Inmarsat Government (L-TAC) has won the “Top Government Mobility Satcom Innovation” category in the Mobile Satellite Users Association’s (MSUA) 2018 Mobility Innovation Awards for its L-band Tactical Satellite (LTAC) service.
Last year, Inmarsat was recognised for its Wideband Streaming L-band (WiSL) service and in 2016 for Global Xpress, demonstrating the value the company consistently delivers year-on-year to government and military customers around the globe.
The L-TAC service provides global, satellite-based, beyond line of sight (BLOS) communications on the move (COTM) for military Ultra High Frequency (UHF) and civilian Very High Frequency (VHF) users.
Using standard tactical radios and field-proven kits from Spectra Group (UK) Limited (SlingShot®), L-TAC enables users to operate secure voice and data circuits between their existing radios across any operating area without requiring additional user-provided terrestrial infrastructure.
The service is implemented using a single hop through the Inmarsat-4 satellite system via directly connected L-band uplinks and downlinks, providing users with the same experience as operating with UHF satellite communications, but through a cost-effective L-band satellite channel.
“Government users around the world must have access to reliable communication capabilities, whether they are in an airplane or vehicle, on a boat or on foot, and our L-TAC service is empowering these communications – even in the most austere environments,” said Steve Gizinski, Chief Technology Officer, Inmarsat Government.
“Inmarsat’s services are developed with mobile users in mind and are trusted by government customers worldwide to deliver seamless coverage and maximum mobility. We are proud to win this award for the third consecutive year as it is a testament to our ongoing commitment to innovation built to users’ requirements.”
Inmarsat’s L-TAC service is in use by several nations’ armed forces, supporting missions around the world and providing mission-critical command and control and coalition interoperability.
A civilian variant is also available for police, fire and medical support services, emergency services, aid agencies, embassy communications, border patrol and other civilian agency use.