New L-TAC service delivers tactical satcoms from military radios

A new L-band service from Inmarsat will deliver robust, low-cost beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) mobile communications to a broad range of new government users.

The service, called L-TAC, will deliver a 'UHF-like' tactical satellite capability for use with existing military radios by approved government customers.

UHF tactical satellite capability is in high demand because of its suitability for BLOS push-to-talk networks using tactical radios – either portable or installed in vehicles, helicopters, ships or other mobile platforms.

I-4 capability
Inmarsat's L-TAC service will provide additional capability over the Inmarsat-4 satellites when UHF capacity is unavailable.

The global constellation offers the additional benefit of supporting small antennas for BLOS communications on the move.

To access the leased service, users require only a small antenna adaptor for their existing tactical radio, which replaces their existing UHF antenna.

Spectra Group
Inmarsat has partnered with Spectra Group to develop the Slingshot™ adaptor, which is expected to be commercially available in late Q2 2013.

With minimal training, Slingshot will provide BLOS communications without the need for additional infrastructure.

“We are delighted to be launching this new service in partnership with Spectra” said Andy Start, President, Inmarsat Global Government.

Realistic cost
“L-TAC will enable militaries to exercise greater command and control through existing tactical radios at a realistic cost, with leases available for periods as short as one month at a time.”

“The operational benefits for soldiers on the ground are enormous, providing low risk, highly resilient and easy to use connectivity independent of local infrastructure or terrain.”

Simon Davies, Managing Director, Spectra Group said: “This service will enable governments to provide enhanced satellite and radio communications without large capital expenditure.

“As governments around the world review military budgets, this is a highly compelling offer.”

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