Wavestream, a Gilat Satellite Networks subsidiary, will provide the U.S. Army with additional 50W Ka-band block upconverters under a multi-million-dollar program sustainment award to support the service branch’s communications requirements.
Gilat said Thursday the Army initially used the Wavestream-built Matchbox 50Ka MIL in the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 1, which gives soldiers access to a full range of at-the-halt data, voice and video communications.
More than 5,000 high performance Ka-band BUCs are currently deployed to support Comms-on-the-Quick-Halt tactical communications worldwide.
WIN-T is the backbone of the Army’s current and future tactical communications network. It provides soldiers with advanced network management tools and data, voice and video communications through satellite and line-of-sight communications nodes.
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