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19 décembre 2014 5 19 /12 /décembre /2014 07:20
CP140M Aurora opération IMPACT (30 oct 2014) – photo MDN

CP140M Aurora opération IMPACT (30 oct 2014) – photo MDN

16.12.2014 45eNord.ca

IMP Aerospace delivered the first of three CP-140M Aurora fitted with an advanced Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) satellite communications system on schedule and under budget today approximately a month after its arrival. Participation at the delivery ceremony included the Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Lieutenant General Yvan Blondin, as well as Director Air Requirements, Colonel Ian Lightbody, and 14 Wing Commander Iain Huddleston.

The prototype CP-140M Aurora aircraft will provide an improved Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capability in support of Canada’s military requirements internationally. In concert with DND personnel, IMP Aerospace provided the installation design and modification of the IBLOS system in Halifax, NS. The system enables secure high-speed data streaming from the aircraft via satellite in areas which are remote from familiar ground stations.

« IMP Aerospace has supported the CP-140 Aurora fleet since its entry into service with the RCAF and has engineered and installed numerous modifications and enhancements to the aircraft on behalf of the RCAF. I’m very pleased that this urgent requirement was completed on schedule and under budget to the RCAF and will provide them with enhanced operational capabilities, » stated David Gossen, President of IMP Aerospace & Defence.

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10 mars 2014 1 10 /03 /mars /2014 20:20
Track24 Defence Launches New Canadian-Built Beyond Line-of-Sight Satellite Device



March 10, 2014. David Pugliese Defence Watch


News release from Track24 Defence:


10 March 2014, Ottawa, Canada – Situational command and control (SCC) specialist Track24 Defence has manufactured and launched a new IP68-rated beyond line-of-sight (BLOS) satellite device, the Echo, for secure blue force tracking (BFT) and command and control.

Functional both as a standalone device and as part of Track24′s SCC TITAN BFT solution, the Echo operates on the Iridium satellite constellation. It is a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) tracking and messaging solution designed for security and defence sector users.

A ruggedized handheld device, the Canadian-built Echo is IP68-rated waterproof to 2 meters, designed to withstand the austere land and sea environments that military users operate within. As well as a satellite tracking and BLOS communications solution, the hardware’s M2M functionality means it can connect to an array of tablets, smart phones or sensors to transmit data in near real time to the operational command. This could be situational awareness or vital signs of a soldier. The device has already been adopted by one special forces organization.

Track24 defence sector director Giles Peeters comments: “The Echo is smaller and lighter than Track24′s existing tracking device, the Whisper, yet represents a more robust, ruggedized option for forces operating in vast and austere terrain. As a COTS solution, it’s cost-effective and delivers secure and reliable BLOS communications, an important operational requirement for BFT – we’ve already shipped the first units to a special forces client.”

The Echo works with Windows and Android operating systems and the solution is configurable over the air using the Track24 SCC Platform – all data communications are secured by AES256 encryption.

Peeters concludes: “The Echo integrates with SCC TITAN command and control system, relaying GPS position updates, emergency panic alerts, pre-configured text messages and other M2M data reports – all securely encrypted. This information can then be plotted on a common operational picture to enable better and faster command and control decision-making.”

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12 juillet 2013 5 12 /07 /juillet /2013 16:50
Inmarsat Demonstrates L-TAC: TACSAT On-The-Move At 70 mph

July 11, 2013 Source: Inmarsat


Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has announced the successful demonstration of its L-TACTM service on-the-move in vehicles at speeds up to 70 mph [112 kph].


The newly launched L-TAC service will provide approved government customers with a low cost Tactical UHF Satellite (TACSAT) capability solution, which allows soldiers on foot or in vehicles to communicate on-the-move, using their existing UHF tactical radios.


Available for order in July and for connectivity in August 2013, Inmarsat’s latest offering is the next step in the expansion of mobile Beyond-Line-of-Sight (BLOS) communications provided by the innovative technology behind its L-band satellites.


The L-band service uses smaller antennas than the UHF equivalent, making it practical to offer compact, inexpensive omni-directional antennas for mounted and dismounted use.


Andy Start, President, Inmarsat Global Government, commented: ““We have successfully demonstrated robust L-TAC communications from vehicles at speeds up to 70 mph. This will have huge military utility, for example coordinating logistic convoys moving over long distances or for command and control of widely dispersed vehicle patrols manoeuvring in difficult terrain.


“Our small, lightweight man-pack version offers the same comms on the move capability to dismounted soldiers. This is a real game-changing capability. Convoys and patrols won’t have to pause while using their TACSAT, and that means improved tempo and less time spent vulnerable to attack. We have received very positive feedback during the trial stage and governments around the world have already expressed keen interest in the service. L-TAC will provide a new, innovative and affordable means to gain maximum value from the investment they have made in their existing tactical radios.”


TACSAT is in very high demand by government users as it easily and reliably extends tactical Push-to-Talk radio networks to wide area BLOS operations, but existing networks are oversubscribed. Inmarsat’s L-TAC service, announced earlier this year, will complement existing capacity with a single-hop, low-latency voice and data service, providing additional capacity when UHF channels are unavailable. The powerful Inmarsat-4 constellation of satellites provides this capability across the globe. To access the service, users require only a small, light-weight adaptor to convert their existing radio to L-band and an L-band replacement for their existing UHF antenna.


Inmarsat has partnered with Spectra to develop the Slingshot system, which comprises a power supply, frequency convertor and antenna. SlingShot works with existing tactical military radios and requires minimal additional training to provide BLOS communications without the need for supplementary infrastructure or additional cumbersome gear. Slingshot™ supports the majority of military TACSAT radios and has already been tested with the most widely used types. Combined with Inmarsat’s L-TAC leased service, it is fully flexible and designed to meet security and reliability requirements cost-effectively. Users will be able to lease the service for periods as short as one month in either narrow spot beams, larger regional beams or beams customized to meet their area of operations.


Simon Davies, Managing Director, Spectra Group (UK) Ltd said: “The ability to use existing radios spread over long distances in the field to increase operational capabilities without straining government budgets is critical. As governments around the world review military budgets, offering a device which meets military standards, without large capital expenditure is a highly compelling offer.”



Inmarsat plc is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air. Inmarsat employs around 1,600 staff in more than 60 locations around the world, with a presence in the major ports and centres of commerce on every continent.

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