New SOTM™ terminal enables non-stop high
bandwidth tactical communications
The US Army’s Tactical Radio
Communications Systems (TRCS) and Mounted Battle Command On The Move
(MBCOTM) have recently ordered 12 Satcom-On-The-Move™ terminals and
associated equipment from General Dynamics C4 Systems.
The MBCOTM systems will use compliant waveforms and an On-The-Move™
(OTM™) Ku-band satcom terminal that is ruggedized to meet the harsh
environments in which the MBCOTM and their command and control
vehicles are expected to maneuver when deployed.
The US Army’s PM TRCS’s PEO C3T Special Projects Office and PM
MBCOTM Office evaluated many On-The-Move antenna systems and
concluded that the VertexRSI system was the only ruggedized terminal
that has FCC authorization to transmit and meets the Churchville B
off-road test course requirements.
Developed for use under General Dynamics’ VertexRSI brand, the
SOTM™ terminal has successfully demonstrated that the antenna can
track a satellite and remain locked on the satellite during extreme
off road conditions.
Ralph White, General Manager-of General Dynamics’ C4 Systems’
Richardson, Texas facility, said, “The Army chose the VertexRSI SOTM
terminal because it provides these fundamental performance features:
- Reliable and continuous communications with the satellite while
- Transmit and recieve data rates of up to 2 mb/s and more have been
demonstrated while On-The-Move
- The terminals are designed for use on a variety of military
wheeled or tracked vehicles, and heavy duty commercial vehicles in a
wide range of operating conditions”
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has ruled that all small
SOTM terminals require special FCC authorization to transmit in the
“VertexRSI’s SOTM terminal is the first and only ruggedized system
designed to meet the stringent FCC requirements and to secure FCC
authorization,” White said.
Nathan Knutson, Director-Government Strategic Programs for C4
Systems, added, “The VertexRSI SOTM terminal is practical and
relevant to both Current Force and Objective Force concepts of
operations. Today’s lighter, more agile fighting forces can quickly
relocate beyond the range of stationary communication systems so
they need real-time situational awareness information. High-speed,
robust mobile communications are a requirement for systems
supporting the ISR community. The faster data rates of this terminal
offer the much needed capabilities of real-time full-motion video as
well as large data and image file transfers in seconds, as opposed
to many minutes or hours,” Knutson said.
For more information on VertexRSI’s Antenna Products contact: Nathan
Knutson at 903-988-6061.or via email at
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