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Samsung Introduces Next Generation of Tactical Mobility with the Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition

Thursday, May 21st, 2020

Mission-ready smartphone solution provides operators with the power to achieve their objectives in any tactical environment.

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. – MAY 20, 2020 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today introduced the Samsung Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition (TE), a mission-ready smartphone solution tailored to the unique needs of operators in the federal government and Department of Defense (DoD).  With a highly customized software and feature set, the Galaxy S20 TE can operate seamlessly with a range of existing peripherals and supports the requirements of tactical and classified applications, especially those designed to help operators navigate complex terrain, expansive distances, and the potential loss of communication with command units. Galaxy S20 TE also introduces DualDAR architecture, which delivers two layers of data encryption based on the NSA standards to secure up to top-secret level data for classified missions.

“The development of this solution is a result of coordination and feedback received from our Department of Defense customers and partners,” stated Taher Behbehani, Head of the Mobile B2B Division, SVP and General Manager, Samsung Electronics America. “The Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition provides the warfighter with the technology that will give them an edge in the field, while providing their IT teams with an easy-to-deploy, highly secure solution that meets the demands of their regulated environment.”

Galaxy S20 TE offers federal program managers and executive officers an easy to manage and deploy mobile solution that works with a broad range of technologies and is backed by the assurance of the defense-grade Samsung Knox mobility platform. It harnesses the most sought after tools of Samsung’s premium Galaxy devices in a unique, easy-to-use configuration.

Helps Operators Stay Connected in Multi-domain Operations. Galaxy S20 TE easily connects to tactical radios and mission systems, out of the box, ensuring seamless operations. Multi-ethernet capabilities provide dedicated connections to mission systems, while network support for Private SIM, 5G, Wi-Fi 6 and CBRS ensure a connection is maintained throughout multi-domain environments.

Provides complete, accurate real-time situational awareness. Galaxy S20 TE caters to the unique needs of military operators, through customization of numerous device features. A night-vision mode allows the operator to turn display on or off when wearing night vision eyewear, while stealth mode allows them to disable LTE and mute all RF broadcasting for complete off-grid communications. Operators can easily unlock the device screen in landscape mode while it’s mounted to their chest, and quick launch their most commonly used apps at the push of a button.

One Device for All Mission Requirements. When in the field, operators need a lightweight, easy to carry device that doesn’t weigh them down, yet offers the power they need to complete the mission. With its powerful 64-bit Octa-Core processor, Galaxy S20 can support the running of multiple mission applications in the field (ATAK, APASS, KILSWITCH, BATDOK) so operators can access the intelligence they need. Galaxy S20 TE also includes powerful Samsung DeX software, which offers a PC-like experience when connected to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. With DeX, operators can use the device for completing reports, training or mission planning when in vehicle or back at the base.

Certified and secure for Special Operations. Galaxy S20 TE is built on Samsung Knox, the defense-grade mobile security platform that protects the device from hardware through software layers.  DualDAR architecture further secures the device with two layers of encryption, even when the device is in a powered off or unauthenticated state. This multi-layer, embedded defense system helps Galaxy S20 TE meet the most stringent regulated industry requirements, including NSA’s Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSFC) Component’s List, and Mobile Device Fundamental Protection Profile (MDF PP) as laid out by the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP). Galaxy S20 TE comes out of the box approved for use within the Department of Defense (DoD) using the Android 10 Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) as laid out by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).

The Samsung Galaxy S20 TE will be available in Q3 2020 through select IT channel partners.  For more information on Galaxy S20 TE, please visit www.samsung.com/TacticalEdition. For more information about Samsung Government, please visit www.samsung.com/us/business/by-industry/government.

Icom America Introduces First Ever ATAK Plug-in Family of Radios

Monday, May 18th, 2020

Icom America Inc. is happy to introduce to you the first ever ATAK Plug-in family of radios. The F3400D/F4400D, F7010 (P25), SAT100, Dark Wolf Ventures SATCOM back haul device.

Dark Wolf Backhaul Over Iridium Using Icom Sat 100.

The F3400D/F4400D is either a UHF/VHF 5 watt radio that will handle messaging, PLI and more. The F7010 radio is our P25 radio (smallest P25 radio on the market) that will also do PLI and messaging. The SAT100, connected to the Iridium® satellite network, will also plug into ATAK allowing for PLI to show up on the map. The Dark Wolf Ventures back haul device will allow the PLI from the UHF/VHF radios to be back hauled to other locations in the world as long as you have the SAT100 connected via the Dark Wolf Ventures device, and cable and a connection with Iridium®. An Android tablet or phone can either be either connected via Bluetooth® or a new smart PTT that was developed in conjunction with DEM manufacturing (currently the SAT100 must be Bluetooth® only). This product will work either as a plug into ATAK (Mil or CIV version). You can also use Icom’s own stand-alone App called MMRIS developed in conjunction with Kopis Mobile. We are excited about our new ATAK plug-in product line. We plan to continue to add to this product line moving forward as our next update will be messaging and PLI over the P25 network, SAT100M (new mobile SAT PTT) as well as a new window 10 App. Something to look forward to coming out this fall.

Icom America Inc. believes this is a game changer with devices for an array of applications and happy to be part of the big picture with ATAK. Please keep your eyes open for new Icom products as we continue to move forward.


MilesTek Debuts Line of In Stock, IP67-Rated, Ethernet & USB Cables with Glenair Mighty Mouse Connectors

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

IRVINE, Calif. – MilesTek, an Infinite Electronics brand and a leading manufacturer and supplier of products designed to address military and avionics applications, announced today that they are now stocking a series of Ethernet and USB cable assemblies featuring Glenair’s 801 Series Mighty Mouse connectors. These assemblies are rugged, tactical and built to Category 5e, Category 6 or USB 2.0 standards.

MilesTek’s Mighty Mouse cables are available with either a male or female Mighty Mouse connector on one end, and a standard USB type-A or RJ45 connector on the other end. The Mighty Mouse connectors offer IP67 protection, even when unmated, and provide exceptional grounding and lock-down characteristics compared to standard connectors. These cables are constructed with PVC or low-smoke zero-halogen jackets. All of the assemblies in this line can withstand outdoor environmental conditions and are shielded for EMI/RFI resistance.

“This new line fills a growing need in the market, providing Mighty Mouse assemblies without the usual 10-16 week lead times. By offering these assemblies off-the-shelf, we can help our customers working with mission critical applications in harsh environments and in line down situations,” said Dustin Guttadauro, Product Line Manager.

MilesTek’s new Ethernet and USB Mighty Mouse cable assemblies are in stock and available for immediate shipment.

Matbock Monday – Hive Comms Pack

Monday, May 4th, 2020

Good morning and Happy MATBOCK Monday,

The Hive Comms Pack is made from MATBOCK’s Ghost material giving it superior strength, abrasion resistance, water and CBRN resistance and heat transfer capabilities in a lightweight package. It can house all individual soldier radio types, hubs, and battery types with internal routing channels for cables and MATBOCK’s exclusive water-seal external ports. The pack can be attached via MOLLE, worn as a backpack or zippered on to a compatible plate carrier.


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The MATBOCK CAB is designed to keep communications and other equipment accessories organized and accessible until needed. The semi-rigid bag with internal adjustable stowage loops keep gear protected and well organized. The bag can unfold completely to give access to all equipment without needing to dig through the pack. Made of MATBOCK’s Ghost Light material.


Don’t forget to tune in on Monday at 4:30 PM EST as we go live on Instagram to demo the HIVE and Cable Management Box and answer all your questions!

Marine Corps Soliciting Proposals for New Hearing Enhancement Device

Thursday, April 30th, 2020


The Marine Corps is asking for industry’s help in providing enhanced hearing protection to Marines.

On April 22, Marine Corps Systems Command released a Request for Proposals for a suite of hearing enhancement devices that interoperate with the Enhanced Combat Helmet and Marine Corps tactical radios. The technology will increase Marines’ situational awareness in a variety of training and combat environments.

“The program manager for Infantry Combat Equipment intends to purchase Hearing Enhancement Devices for every infantry and infantry-like Marine,” said Lt. Col. Bryan Leahy, MCSC’s Individual Armor team lead.

In fiscal year 2020, MCSC received $10 million Operation and Maintenance, Marine Corps funding to purchase hearing enhancement devices.

Per the RFP, the hearing enhancement devices must be rugged and adaptable to various environments, from cold weather to extreme heat. The system would allow Marines to wear hearing protection, yet still enable them to communicate and understand their surroundings.

PM ICE will assess the submissions to ensure compatibility with Marine Corps radios and the Marine Corps ECH. The systems must include versions that are both communication-enabled and non-communications enabled.

MCSC estimates the new hearing protection will be fielded to infantry units in fiscal year 2021. PM ICE will conduct New Equipment Training with each unit receiving the technology.

Provides added hearing protection

In addition to improving Marines’ situational awareness, the hearing enhancement devices will also offer additional hearing protection.

The hearing enhancement devices will complement the Combat Arms Earplug Generation IV—the Marine Corps’ current hearing protection system—by offering a secondary level of protection to further avoid hearing damage.

“The hearing enhancement devices and current earplugs provide double hearing protection, giving Marines more protection from extremely loud noises,” Leahy said.

Leahy believes the Hearing Enhancement Devices will serve as an important asset for Marines on the battlefield.

“Purchasing these devices is a clear indication of how the Marine Corps is investing into the warfighter and giving Marines an edge on the battlefield and in training,” said Leahy.

Story by Matt Gonzales, MCSC Office of Public Affairs and Communication | Marine Corps Systems Command

Photo by Staff Sgt. Ezekiel Kitandwe

GEONYX by Safran Optics 1 – Inertial Navigation Technology for GNSS-denied Environments

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

Like the title says, GEONYX is Safran Optics 1’s solution for Inertial Navigation Technology for GNSS-denied Environments.

Areas with inherent signal interference such as subterranean, heavy urban terrain, hardened concrete (indoors) have been common challenges for those relying on GNSS. But we’re moving into new territory where navigation systems are subjected to enemy jamming, spoofing, or even meaconing.

In this back to the future world, where GNSS signals are unreliable, we are rediscovering Inertial Navigation Systems. These consist of an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) where accelerometers pair with gyros such as a Ring Laser Gyro (RLG), Fiber Optic Gyro (FOG) or the Hemispherical Resonating Gyro or HRG Crystal by Safran.

Their GEONYX system uses three HRG Crystals for X, Y and Z axis measurements to calculate precise locations. Unlike legacy systems intended for aircraft and naval platforms, GEONYX is designed to mount on vehicles, turrets and artillery pieces.

To learn more, visit www.optics1.com.

*GNSS is a compilation of GPS (US), Galileo (EU), GLONASS (Russia), BeiDou (China) and regional ones like IRNSS (India) and QZSS (Japan), whom all rely on the transmission of signals via satellite. Each system has their own launched satellites to which they communicate for terrestrial navigation.

Persistent Systems Unveils New L-Band Version Of Integrated Sector Antenna

Friday, April 24th, 2020

Easy-to-mount L-Band unit offers affordable, extended coverage networking in remote areas

NEW YORK, New York—Persistent Systems, LLC (“Persistent”) announced today the release an L-Band Integrated Sector Antenna, designed to support high-bandwidth network users on forward operating bases, test ranges, and other remote or sprawling military sites.

The L-Band Integrated Sector Antenna, a part of the Integrated Antenna Series line of products, directly incorporates the same highly scalable Wave Relay® mobile ad hoc network (MANET) as Persistent’s MPU5 tactical networking device. It encapsulates a 10W L-Band RF module within a 12 dBi sector antenna to provide 90° beam width of unprecedented range and performance. With the MPU5, military operators can share voice, video, text, location, and sensor data while on the move.

“The L-Band sector antenna, working in conjunction with a fixed directional antenna, as part of our Integrated Antenna Series, extends the reach of these MPU5 users,” said Louis Sutherland, VP of Business Development at Persistent Systems, “so they can connect all the way back to the enterprise network.”

This gives users access to additional sensors and software, making operators more effective in the field.

The weather-protected L-Band sector antenna can be mounted on a pole, tower or building and can blanket large areas. The combination of the antenna and the network in one device, plus a simple mounting bracket and single cable for power and data, makes it extremely fast and easy to deploy.

Sutherland expects the full range of the Integrated Antenna Series to be a game-changer. “When covering hundreds of miles, speed and simplicity of installation become the limiting factor. These antennas were purpose-built to reduce this time, cost, and complexity,” he said.


New Design Could Make Fiber Communications More Energy Efficient

Friday, April 24th, 2020

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Researchers say a new discovery on a U.S. Army project for optoelectronic devices could help make optical fiber communications more energy efficient.

The University of Pennsylvania, Peking University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology worked on a project funded, in part by the Army Research Office, which is an element of U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory. The research sought to develop a new design of optical devices that radiate light in a single direction. This single-sided radiation channel for light can be used in a wide array of optoelectronic applications to reduce energy loss in optical fiber networks and data centers. The journal Nature published the findings.

Light tends to flow in optical fibers along one direction, like water flows through a pipe. On-chip couplers are used to connect fibers to chips, where light signals are generated, amplified, or detected. While most light going through the coupler continues through to the fiber, some of the light travels in the opposite direction, leaking out.

A large part of energy consumption in data traffic is due to this radiation loss. Total data center energy consumption is two percent of the global electricity demand, and demand increases every year.

Previous studies consistently suggested that a minimum loss of 25 percent at each interface between optical fibers and chips was a theoretical upper bound that could not be surpassed. Because data centers require complex and interwoven systems of nodes, that 25-percent loss quickly multiplies as light travels through a network.

“You may need to pass five nodes (10 interfaces) to communicate with another server in a typical medium-sized data center, leading to a total loss of 95 percent if you use existing devices,” said Jicheng Jin, University of Pennsylvania doctoral student. “In fact, extra energy and elements are needed to amplify and relay the signal again and again, which introduces noise, lowers signal-to-noise ratio, and, ultimately, reduces communication bandwidth.”

After studying the system in more detail, the research team discovered that breaking left-right symmetry in their device could reduce the loss to zero.

“These exciting results have the potential to spur new research investments for Army systems,” said Dr. Michael Gerhold, program manager, optoelectronics, Army Research Office. “Not only do the coupling efficiency advances have potential to improve data communications for commercial data centers, but the results carry huge impact for photonic systems where much lower intensity signals can be used for the same precision computation, making battery powered photonic computers possible.”

To better understand this phenomenon, the team developed a theory based on topological charges. Topological charges forbid radiation in a specific direction. For a coupler with both up-down and left-right symmetries, there is one charge on each side, forbidding the radiation in the vertical direction.

“Imagine it as two-part glue,” said Bo Zhen, assistant professor, department of physics and astronomy at University of Pennsylvania. “By breaking the left-right symmetry, the topological charge is split into two half charges – the two-part glue is separated so each part can flow. By breaking the up-down symmetry, each part flows differently on the top and the bottom, so the two-part glue combines only on the bottom, eliminating radiation in that direction. It’s like a leaky pipe has been fixed with a topological two-part glue.”

The team eventually settled on a design with a series of slanted bars, which break left-right and up-down symmetries at the same time. To fabricate such structures, they developed a novel etching method: silicon chips were placed on a wedge-like substrate, allowing etching to occur at a slanted angle. In comparison, standard etchers can only create vertical side walls. As a future step, the team hopes to further develop this etching technique to be compatible with existing foundry processes and also to come up with an even simpler design for etching.

The authors expect applications both in helping light travel more efficiently at short distances, such as between an optical fiber cable and a chip in a server, and over longer distances, such as long-range Lidar systems.

This project also received funding from the Air Force Research Laboratory, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Natural Science Foundation of China, and HPCP of Peking University.

By US Army CCDC Army Research Laboratory Public Affairs