SATCOM Technologies has received an $8.3 Million contract to provide the U.S. Army with a special long-range secure Troposcatter communications system. The contract was awarded by the Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) contracting center at Fort Monmouth, N.J.
Under terms of the contract, SATCOM Technologies will provide the Army with a Troposcatter System comprised of three duplex point-to-point Troposcatter links forming a star network with three spokes all converging at one site. Each of the links is configured to deliver 12Mbps of data with a maximum of 20 Mbps throughput per channel. The system will provide vital voice and data communications.
Work on the project will be conducted by SATCOM Technologies Programs business in San Jose, California.
Josef Duller, General Manager of the San Jose unit, said, "SATCOM Technologies has sold a number of Troposcatter systems in the past, but this is the largest order to date. The terminals will comprise a significant amount of SATCOM Technologies' content including antennas, modems, converters and monitor and control equipment."
Troposcatter communications systems transmit and receive signals at distances up to 200 miles which is considerably farther than what is achievable with traditional line-of-sight microwave systems. The communications link is accomplished by means of the scattering of the radio waves in the troposphere, which is the lowest layer of the atmosphere. The troposphere extends from ground level to approximately 10Km in height. Because no satellite or other relay point is required to complete the signal transmission, Troposcatter links are inherently secure and difficult to intercept making them ideally suited for military communications.