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Emergency Response Trailer Strengthens Comms During Crisis Response

Friday, June 21st, 2024

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Communication is critical during times of crisis. The emergency response trailer, or ERT, provides digital communication platforms in austere environments. The Army’s first ERT belongs to Task Force 51, U.S. Army North’s contingency command post. When requested, U.S. Army North provides defense support to civil authorities to support local, state and federal partners during natural or man-made disasters as the command-and-control element. In such a scenario, an ERT can make all the difference.

The ERT is a modern and rugged response platform that replaced the emergency response vehicle, or ERV, as of February 2024. When disaster strikes, ERVs are employed by defense coordinating elements to rapidly respond. Like the ERT, ERVs provide digital communications but with limited capacity.

Engineered from the ground up, the ERT’s capabilities include unclassified and secret communications, Starlink satellite internet compatibility, long-distance radio transmission and increased self-sustainment capabilities. The ERT can also provide limited commercial bandwidth and cellular services to support interagency partners. Tested and certified at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, the ERT is now the program of record for military specification emergency vehicles.

“The ERT underwent rigorous testing by the Aberdeen team to confirm it could survive intense weather and hazardous terrain while supporting mission requirements,” said Matt Hopper, an ERT operator and subject matter expert. “Task Force 51 is the first unit in the Army to receive the emergency response trailer because of their role as the ARNORTH contingency command post.”

During disaster responses, U.S. Army North deploys Task Force 51, or TF-51, forward to coordinate between the lead federal agency and the military. The ERT allows TF-51 to operate in challenging environments, such as the aftermath of a hurricane.

The task force tested the ERT’s capabilities during Vibrant Response 24, an annual training exercise focused on a nuclear disaster event. The ERT provided secret and unclassified data and voice requirements for TF-51’s operations center, which consisted of 45 computer workstations. Maj. Gen. Scott Sherman, the TF-51 commander and exercise director, conducted daily commander update briefs from the ERT. Regional separation between the outstations were as far as California to Michigan.

“Communication is key to saving lives in a disaster response. Having the ERT and its capabilities allows the military, specifically U.S. Army North and TF-51, the capability to direct assets and resources to the right place and at the right time in support of our partners,” said Sherman.

The ERT’s interior features a control room, conference room and storage room. The conference room can host six seated individuals. Television screens mounted to the walls allow for easy presentation of information. The control room monitors communication output. Additionally, the ERT’s benches can be folded down into two twin beds allowing operators to live out of the vehicle.

The ERT is also imperative to U.S. Army North’s main mission of homeland defense. Close coordination with partners, like the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is important during disaster response and that is exactly what the ERT provides.

“The ERT was designed to withstand challenging environments for DSCA operations but also in the event of a homeland defense scenario. It is highly likely we will encounter a simultaneous DSCA event while defending the homeland; therefore, modernizing our emergency response platforms ensures we are ready if we are called upon,” said Hopper.

By CPT Tara Santon, U.S. Army North Public Affairs

Requtech Announces Industry-First Ka-Band Multi-Orbit Land Mobility Terminal: RESA L Ka

Monday, June 17th, 2024

Paris, France – June 17, 2024 – Requtech AB, a leader in satellite communication technology, proudly announces the launch of the industry’s first Ka-band multi-orbit land mobility terminal, the RESA L Ka, at the Eurosatory show in Paris. The groundbreaking, highly innovative new terminal from Requtech, operates seamlessly across GEO and MEO networks and is prepared for the upcoming Ka-band LEO networks – showcasing Requtech’s relentless commitment to pioneering advancements in satellite communication. The RESA L Ka will be available in Q4 2024.

Meet Requtech at Eurosatory to learn more about the RESA L Ka
Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition centre
June 17th-21st, Paris
Hall 6, booth E119

Unmatched Innovation and Performance

The RESA L Ka terminal is engineered for optimal performance in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) and is future-ready for LEO Ka constellations.

Leveraging its successful GEO/MEO reflector system, the PICO 120a, and the proven RESA M Ku multi-orbit GEO/LEO terminal, Requtech is now cementing its position as Europe’s leading supplier of multi-orbit connectivity solutions with the addition of the RESA L Ka terminal. The company’s mission is to revolutionize communication capabilities, enhancing global connectivity with cutting-edge innovations.

Compact and Powerful

Designed with market-leading SWaP (Size, Weight, and Power) metrics of 81x45x11 cm and 25 kg, the RESA L Ka terminal delivers exceptional performance with a G/T of 13 dB/K and an EIRP of 49 dBW.

The RESA L Ka Terminal: A New Era in Satellite Communications

“At Requtech AB, our team’s dedication and expertise have been instrumental in achieving this significant milestone,” states Dr. Omid Sotoudeh, CEO. “We are leading the satellite technology revolution with our cutting-edge Multi-Orbit RESA L Ka terminal. This breakthrough product offers seamless operation across multiple constellations and orbits, positioning us as the go-to solution for next-generation satellite communications.”

The next phase for the RESA L Ka terminal includes rigorous certification processes with satellite operators. With initial pre-series production underway, the satellite communication technology provider anticipates general availability by Q1 2025.


Introducing R&S GSACSM: The Most Advanced Communications System Monitoring Solution for Armed Forces

Sunday, June 2nd, 2024

R&S®GSACSM helps armed forces maintain mission-critical communication links, ensuring mission success and personnel safety.

Munich, 29 May, 2024 – Rohde & Schwarz, a leading global provider of communications, information, and security solutions, has introduced R&S®GSACSM, a comprehensive software-suite designed to ensure efficient and reliable communications for military satellite communication (SATCOM) systems. With the increasing reliance on SATCOM for mission-critical communications and morale, welfare, recreation (MWR) services, R&S®GSACSM offers a powerful solution to maintain reliable and secure communication links, even in challenging operational environments.

SATCOM plays a crucial role in transmitting various data types from deployment areas to headquarters via geostationary Earth orbit (GEO) satellites. Ground-based deployable SATCOM stations in different configurations are utilized by the armed forces to transmit video files, voice data, and other crucial information from operational areas to headquarters. Ensuring uninterrupted communication is of paramount importance for these transfers, and R&S®GSACSM provides early warning of potential communication failures, ensuring uninterrupted and failure-free communication.

R&S®GSACSM combines various features, including classic spectrum analyzer functions, 24/7 trapping systems, advanced signal detection, and signal analysis and classification. The software-suite ensures reliable monitoring of communication quality and identification of operational impairments. It addresses the challenges of non-standardized SATCOM systems, evolving industry activities, mission-critical communication links, and growing interference from sources such as jamming, incorrect frequency/alignment, and natural interferences. By providing automatic configuration and error detection capabilities, R&S®GSACSM helps armed forces maintain reliable and secure communication links, even in the face of these challenges.

R&S®GSACSM from Rohde & Schwarz is a powerful and reliable tool for military SATCOM systems, enabling them to maintain reliable and secure communication links, even in challenging operational environments. By providing early warning of potential communication failures and identifying impairments during operation, R&S®GSACSM helps armed forces maintain mission-critical communication links, ensuring mission success and personnel safety.

SOF Week 24 – GoTenna SkyWave

Monday, May 13th, 2024

GoTenna demonstrated their new SkyWave system which offers Beyond Line of Sight, HF backhaul using 3G-ALE links to GoTenna mesh network users.

This means users of GoTenna’s mesh network can extend their range even farther, for up to thousands of miles by the integrating High Frequency radios into the network. This allows for multiple local data networks to interact, despite large distances as well as reach back to command and control centers, providing access to their capabilities remotely.

Introducing DarkVault 2.0 A Critical Gear Case for the New Battlefield

Thursday, May 9th, 2024

Thyrm is pleased to announce the launch of the DarkVault 2.0, a new mobile comms platform that provides complete protection for your smartphone without the need for a special phone case.

“The DarkVault 2.0 is purpose-built for smartphone use in austere environments,” says Andrew Frazier, CEO at Thyrm. “Attach the DarkVault 2.0 to plate carriers or chest rigs and you can quickly dock and use your phone for navigation, ballistics info, ad-hoc mesh comms, or any other use.”

The DarkVault 2.0 is available in two sizes, one for regular size phones and one for Max/Plus size phones, both in slim cases. It features an integrated phone clamp, a MOLLE/PALS attachment system with full mechanical interlocks, and a stable viewing platform.

Key features of the DarkVault 2.0:

• Fully enclosed smartphone protection
• Waterproof, dustproof Poron® sealing gasket
• Integrated phone clamp
• MOLLE/PALS attachment system with full mechanical interlocks
• Lockable case latch and attachment latch
• Regular and Large sizes for most 6.1″ and 6.5″ phones in slim cases
• Comms Version Only: Adhesive overlay can be removed to allow for camera use
• Blocking Version Only: Proprietary polymer construction reduces signal transmission by 110dB
• Custom-cut adhesive Velcro loop attachment available for ID/patch/accessory attachment
• Designed and Made in the USA

The DarkVault 2.0 is available for purchase now on Thyrm.com starting at $89.99.


SOF Week 24 – Shaw Concepts

Thursday, May 9th, 2024

This is Shaw Concepts‘ first outing at SOF Week and they came on strong with several upcoming items including a new radio pouch, the H.I.V.E.

Naturally, it’s PALS compatible and is adjustable to accommodate most radios. In addition to adjustable height, the pouch features ventilation to deal with heat created by the radio.

Look for it soon.

Sneak Peek – Updated DarkVault from Thyrm

Wednesday, May 8th, 2024

Look for the new DarkVault next week in both Comms and Signal Blocking versions.


Spectra Group Launches GENSS to the US Defense Market at SOF Week 2024

Friday, May 3rd, 2024

Following the initial announcement in January 2024, Spectra Group are springboarding the GENSS system into the US market at SOF 24. Spectra Group, a specialist provider of secure voice, data and satellite communications systems, is showcasing its next generation of tactical radio communications GENSS (pronounced genesis /j?n??-s?s) at SOF Week 2024 and will be displayingGENSS and the highly popular SlingShot from 6-10 May 2024 in booth #1805 at the Tampa Convention Centre.

GENSS builds on the foundations created by their award-winning SlingShot system, embodying Spectra Group’s vision of producing the ultimate radio systems that capitalize on technological advances, adapt to the evolving demands of military operations and simplify the user experience. It has been designed and developed through a collaborative effort of tactical communication experts, seasoned military specialists and top-tier U.K. scientists and engineers. GENSS is a significant advancement in the field of tactical radio communications, due to its modular core framework and software-defined flexibility, heralding a new era in communication technology.

This modular, agnostic hardware radio system is designed to be agile and provide the ultimate interoperability through straightforward software reprogramming to adapt quickly and easily to meet the diverse needs of its users. Capable of operating across HF, VHF, UHF, and satellite bands, GENSS is engineered to conquer Beyond Line-of-Sight (BLOS) barriers and support Communications on the Move (COTM), delivering a robust and agile solution for voice and high-bandwidth data transmission across all domains — land, sea, and air. GENSS boasts high-capacity, network sensing capabilities and has increased data rates over 25kHz LTAC channels, scaling up to 90kBps. It has adaptive modulation waveforms, which automatically adjust through network sensing techniques, to meet the tactical situation (on the move and in combat vs at the halt scenarios). Also, through novel engineering techniques, voice and low data rate solutions can be applied in the contested communications space to minimise detection.

This revolutionary radio solution can stand alone or be integrated into any existing radio infrastructure and works seamlessly with SlingShot; unleashing superior interoperability and flexibility to meet the demands of today and the future. By integrating multi-mission and multi-mode functionalities, combined with its modular design and open architecture, it delivers unparalleled adaptability for robust battlefield connectivity. Secure by design and integrating the latest most advanced technological hardware means GENSS not only delivers maximum performance while minimizing its size, weight and power, but also delivers a future-proofed capability. In addition, it is simple to operate and configure, with an easy-to-programme user interface, resulting in an overall reduced training burden.

Simon Davies, Chief Executive at Spectra Group, said: “For years, my vision has been to craft the ultimate radio system — user-friendly, light, modular and supremely flexible to adapt to the evolving demands of military operations and technological advances. After years of dedicated development, GENSS is the fruition of that vision and builds on the foundations set by our award-winning SlingShot system. Designed by soldiers, for soldiers, GENSS is not just a game-changer for military applications but possesses vast potential for integration into broader communication networks, unlocking endless possibilities.”