SOFEX 2016

From training to tactical [SOFEX16D3]

12 May 2016

Cubic Global Defense is regarded the world over primarily as a provider of training systems and solutions. In recent months, the company has grown its portfolio through the acquisition of three well-known companies (DTech Labs, GATR Technologies and TeraLogics), which positions Cubic as an important player in the world of mission support and C4ISR, including portable, networked systems for deployed and special forces.

Here at SOFEX, Cubic’s C4ISR capabilities are being promoted for the first time in the region.

TeraLogics is demonstrating its real-time full-motion video (FMV) management system and Unified Video software, which pairs real-time FMV with geospatial imagery and other data to generate an actionable intelligence product.

On-the-move internet and rapid networking are an increasingly important part of deployed operations, and Cubic is displaying two complementary systems at SOFEX (Hall 1, Stand B120). DTech Labs has developed a range of rugged and man-portable communications power sources, switches and router/network gateways. The boxed systems are modular, and can be stacked into a single unit that allows connection into any communications network.

Cubic’s acquisition of GATR Technologies brings with it the GATR family of inflatable satellite communications terminals. This technology was originally developed as an answer to negate the effects of traditional antennas receiving small-arms fire, and to allow rapid deployment.

GATR offers inflatable antenna balls ranging in diameter from less than 1m to more than 4m, and in varying frequency bands, such as X-, C-, Ku- and Ka-bands.

All are man-portable and can be transported in packs or rugged boxes. They can be carried by paratroops, and are very popular with Special Forces. Set-up can be accomplished in 10 to 15 minutes.

Not only is the outer protective shell inflatable, but so is the internal antenna. The system employs an automatic pressure regulator that continues to preserve the antenna and shell’s rigidity even in the event of puncturing. Tests have shown that the inflatable ball can retain its shape even after being shot numerous times.

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