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Persistent Systems, LLC To Launch New Auto-Tracking Antenna System For MPU5 Radio

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

NEW YORK, N.Y. –  Persistent Systems, LLC (“Persistent”) announced today the introduction of the Auto-Tracking Antenna System, the new portable ground-to-air antenna that operates on the Wave Relay® mobile ad hoc network (MANET). Designed to incorporate aircraft into the MANET, the Auto-Tracking Antenna System is a complete, easy-to-assemble system, built to match the performance standards users have come to expect from Persistent.

“The Auto-Tracking Antenna System represents a major step towards achieving the vision of a truly networked battlefield,” said Herb Rubens, CEO of Persistent Systems. “The tracking antenna rotates to follow air assets, keeping them connected to the MANET. The air platforms orbit over our users on the ground, extending the MANET bubble and keeping soldiers connected to the enterprise. High throughput, low latency connectivity empowers the warfighter and decreases the dependence on SATCOM, which both reduces cost and increases network availability.”

Designed for ease-of-use, quick assembly, and portability, the Auto-Tracking Antenna System can be assembled and deployed in less than 15 minutes. The portable and lightweight design is completely collapsible, with the main five-foot parabolic dish breaking down into eight individual petals. The entire system fits into most standard-sized SUVs for easy transport and compact storage.

Mimicking the MPU5’s modular RF structure, the Auto-Tracking Antenna System has interchangeable S-Band, L-Band, and C-Band MIMO feeds that allow it to cover all frequencies where Persistent’s five radio modules operate. The antenna feeds twist-lock into place for quick and simple installation. An Automatic Heading System enables the tracking antenna to self-calibrate prior to operation for greater precision and less than one-degree pointing accuracy.

“Our customers require a system that is simple to put together, turn on, and works,” said Louis Sutherland, Vice President of Business Development at Persistent Systems, LLC. “They want to extend the Wave Relay® MANET out to aircraft and achieve high data-rates and reliable HD video transmission. The Auto-Tracking Antenna System truly delivers.” The large parabolic dish enables video streaming out to distances of 130 miles (over 200km) while maintaining high throughput and strong signal strength.

Combining the precisely aimed tracking system with the MPU5 radio and Wave Relay® MANET achieves optimal connectivity and reliable communications for manned and unmanned aircraft to communicate further than ever before.  The antenna is IP67 rated and built to endure harsh environments and weather, so it can be setup and left out for as long as the mission requires.

Persistent is now accepting orders for the Auto-Tracking Antenna System.

Raptor Tactical Athena – Antenna Relocation Kit

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Offered in conjunction with Disco 32, the Raptor Tactical Athena – Antenna Relocation Pouch, allows you to place your antenna where you want it on your kit, up to 24″ away from your radio.


• Proper RF Connectors for your radio

• Raptor Tactical Athena Relocation Pouch

• Hardened cable with abrasion resistant sheathing

• Elastic for the antenna whip

• Available in Multicam, Coyote, Ranger Green, Black

• Made in USA

High Angle Solution – Brigantes Presents – Silva Expedition 55 Commanders Compass

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

If you are looking for the one compass that does it all then this is it.  Gone are the days where you carry a plastic lightweight compass for navigation and a brass prismatic sighting compass for accurate direction finding.  This combination provides a tool that will enable you to not only move from point to point but also effectively call for fire and give target indication using mils or degrees.

Not only does this massively reduce the weight that you have to carry, by combining these two devices, but it also drops the cost considerably.  The compass is available in northern and southern hemisphere varieties and comes with a distance measuring lanyard.

Silva have produced compasses for 85 years and supply the European militaries with their navigational tools.  This compass along with the Expedition 5 constitute a small but tight range of military compasses that focus on the needs of a dynamic and flexible force.

For more information get in touch by email on or for UK customers

LBT – Small Vented Comms Pack

Monday, June 18th, 2018

This is smaller version of LBT’s Vented Comms Pack. Both were designed to combat radio overheating. It accepts PALS equipped pouches and offers four external, zippered pockets. The pack is also reinforced with HANK.

The pack is padded to protect the communications gear, but incorporates venting. For example, there is a mesh vent at the bottom which can be opened.


The interior is designed for the radio to be strapped into place but accessories can be mounted, by themselves, or in pouches to the pile field interior.

Above, you can see that the pack is PALS compatible and can be attached to a variety of platforms, including a modular frame. There are also removable shoulder straps and waist belt.

Persistent Systems, LLC to Provide Network Technology for Endeavor Robotics’ $10M Order from USMC

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

Wave Relay® MANET developer will support Endeavor’s award by providing radio network for FirstLook® Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs)
New York, N.Y. – June 12, 2018Persistent Systems, LLC (“Persistent”), developer of the Wave Relay® mobile ad hoc network (MANET), announced that they will supply radio network technology and systems for Endeavor Robotics’ recently announced order from the U.S. Marine Corps. Under the $10 million award, Endeavor will provide the Marines with its FirstLook UGV, a five-pound, ruggedized surveillance robot supported by the Wave Relay® MANET.

Persistent will provide the secure, long-range IP connectivity between Endeavor’s UGV and its uPoint® Multi-Robot Control System, supporting command and control, video, and the transmission of other critical sensor data. The FirstLook robot is often used to clear buildings and see into deep tunnels, crawl spaces, and other complex environments where the Wave Relay® MANET uses 3×3 MIMO technology to route data around those obstacles for increased throughput and maximized network performance.

“We appreciate the opportunity to continue to work with Endeavor Robotics and support the Marine Corps by providing a reliable network connection to their UGV platforms, allowing Marines to assess and neutralize dangerous situations from a safe distance,” said Herb Rubens, CEO of Persistent Systems. Persistent has previously supported the U.S. Marine Corps with communications and situational awareness exercises using the MPU5 radio and Wave Relay® MANET.

“Superior radio communications are key to FirstLook’s mission success,” said Sean Bielat, Endeavor Robotics CEO. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with Persistent as we work together to build dependable robotic systems for the Marines.”

Barrett Communications completes contract for VHF modernisation program

Saturday, June 9th, 2018

Perth, Western Australia, June 11, 2018 – Barrett Communications have recently completed a contract worth AUD$7 million for tactical VHF equipment to an unnamed Middle Eastern military force. The new client has deployed the equipment as part of a planned modernisation of their existing military VHF systems.

The contract incorporated the full range of Barrett PRC-2080+ VHF equipment. The PRC-2080+ systems are designed for multi-role tactical military applications. This contract included the hand portable, manpack, mobile, base station and re-broadcast configuration. The Barrett PRC-2080+ system will provide secure voice and data communications over line of sight range.

Training was recently undertaken in country ready for full deployment within the coming months.

Marines To Field On-the-move Communications System This Fall

Friday, June 8th, 2018


Marine Corps Systems Command is improving the way Marines communicate with a reliable and convenient on-the-move system.

The Mobile User Objective System, or MUOS, is a narrowband satellite communication system that uses commercial cell phone technology to increase access to voice and data communication while on the battlefield. The Marine Corps will be the first service to widely deploy the system as it has already fielded thousands of MUOS-capable AN/PRC-117G radios over the previous six years. Ultimately, the firmware within the radios will be updated to support the MUOS waveform and three new antenna kits will be added to support multiple operational configurations.

Marines from the 1st Marine Division test out the Mobile User Objective System at a Field User Evaluation in Camp Pendleton, California. MUOS is a satellite communication system that uses commercial cell phone technology to increase access while on the battlefield. Marine Corps Systems Command will begin fielding MUOS in the fourth quarter of 2018. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Eddie Young)

“MUOS provides several advantages over legacy SATCOM,” said Capt. Shawn Avery, MUOS project officer in Command Element Systems at MCSC. “The most obvious to the operating forces will be the increased accessibility. This will allow us to explore new operating concepts by pushing on-the-move voice and data connectivity to the squad level.”

MUOS is designed to support users who require mobility, higher data rates and improved operational availability. The updated technology in the system offers a more secure and reliable beyond line-of-sight communication capability. The MUOS waveform will be added to the AN/PRC-117G and future multi-channel radios within the Marine Corps inventory.

“Previously, infantry companies had limited access to SATCOM, but now company commanders can employ their Marines beyond line of sight with a higher degree of confidence in maintaining those critical [command and control] links,” said Avery.

The three antenna kits that will be fielded within MUOS include: a traditional directional antenna for better data performance at-the-halt; a dismounted on-the-move antenna which enables voice and data access when mobile; and a vehicular kit that modifies the AN/VRC-114’s to accept MUOS.

MUOS is comprised of a space-based segment, a ground-based segment connected over fiber optic cables between multiple continents, and a software-defined radio terminal capable of running the MUOS waveform.

The new satellites are more robust and have more individual carriers, which allows the signal to be focused on a smaller geographic footprint, Avery said. This improvement enables on-the-move access while improving overall reliability in vegetation, urban environments and other extreme conditions where legacy SATCOM was challenged.

Additional improvements include the ability to roam, similar to a cell phone. Marines can begin in the continental United States, and then deploy and have immediate access to another satellite on the ground providing unmatched operational flexibility.

“The system takes some stress off of the operators, allowing them to walk around on patrol without the range constraints of terrestrial networks,” said Avery. “And in the past, users didn’t have access to the Defense Information System Network over SATCOM. We either had to hold terrain to extend terrestrial links to provide DISN access, which incurs significant operational risk, or lease commercial capabilities which have proven costly. With MUOS, we’re meeting the data exchange requirements of today’s force with equipment that is organic to the Marine Air-Ground Task Force.”

Initial fielding for the MUOS is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2018, with initial operational capability planned for the first quarter of 2019.

By Kaitlin Kelly, MCSC Office of Public Affairs and Communication | Marine Corps Systems Command

OTTO Multi-Port Hub/PTT

Monday, June 4th, 2018

During SOFIC I got to take a look at OTTO’s new Multi-Port Hub/Push-To-Talk. It’s both lightweight, and easy to use. I asked them for some technical data and they provided me with this info.

Carpentersville, IL – OTTO Engineering, a US-based, industry leader in the design and manufacturing of two-way radio accessories for military, commercial, industrial, utility, and public safety applications has introduced its latest product for the military market.


The OTTO Multi-port Hub was specifically designed to meet the demanding and mission critical needs of the Special Forces community.  The hub is compatible with major radio platforms, including the new multi-channel handheld radio AN/PRC-163, using detachable cables for each radio.  When used in conjunction with the new OTTO Active Circumaural headset or the new OTTO H3E In-the Ear headset, the OTTO Multi-port hub provides control of up to three communications platforms, each with a separate Push-To-Talk button. In addition, the hub offers modular compatibility with all vehicular and air based intercoms (ICS). Situational awareness can be controlled either via buttons on the headset or volume controls on the hub.

The electrical components of the OTTO Multi-port Hub are encased in a lightweight, machined aluminum housing to meet EMI and RF radiation requirements (MIL-STD-461).  The hub weighs in at a mere 4.8 ounces.  The compact package (1.83” W X 3.50” H X 1.20” D) fits easily onto a molle vest while providing easy access to the PTT buttons and talk-through controls.  Control buttons can easily be depressed while wearing gloves.


The unique design of the OTTO Multi-port Hub enables the device to be oriented for left-hand or right-hand use.  The hub features a reversible clip for securing the unit to a vest.

The hub is immersion rated to 1 meter of water for 31 minutes (IP68), but enhancements are already being implemented to improve the immersion performance to 2 meters of water for 4 hours.

Features of the OTTO Multi-port Hub

·         Machined aluminum, rugged construction

·         3 separate Push-To-Talk buttons

·         Left hand, right hand reversible

·         Up/Down volume, On/Off control buttons for situational awareness

·         Single/Dual/Triple Comm modularity

·         Molle attachment system included

·         Small, lightweight hub form factor

·         Compatible with all major radio platforms

·         Optional compatibility with both Android and iOS devices

·         Detachable cables for each radio/device

·         Volume control +/-12dB

·         No batteries required

OTTO is known for quality and thoroughly tests its products to ensure the highest quality, most durable products in the market.  The company is ISO9000 and AS9100 certified.  The OTTO Multi-port Hub, OTTO Active Circumaural headset, and OTTO H3E In-the-ear headset are all made in the USA at OTTO’s manufacturing facilities located in Illinois.

For more information about the OTTO Multi-port Hub, the OTTO Active Circumaural headset, the OTTO H3E In-the-ear headset or other OTTO two-way accessories, please visit us at  or call us at 888-234-6886 (OTTO).