IDEX 2019

Redefining tactical communications [IDEX19D1]

17 February 2019

A first time visitor to IDEX is the Spectra Group (UK) (Stand 05- C03 in the British Pavilion), which is exhibiting its SlingShot, a small and lightweight unit that provides in-service tactical VHF and UHF radios with a Beyond Line of Sight Communications on the Move (BLOS COTM).

SlingShot has an omnidirectional antenna and uses Inmarsat's commercial satellite network. The tactical net can broadcast more than 1,000km between forward units and rear HQ, no matter how or where the deployment. According to the company, as well as standard voice and data command and control, SlingShot can facilitate a wide range of capabilities such as remote biometric analysis, fire mission planning, remote tracking, border security and interagency operations.

Manportable or vehicle-borne (land, sea and air), and usable on the move, SlingShot delivers flexible channel leasing with minimal increase in training burden and is claimed to "redefine tactical communications capabilities". It can significantly increase the range of currently deployed tactical radio systems without the need for the end user to purchase new radio systems, carry additional bulky equipment, or undertake extensive additional training.

Since it was launched, well over 3,000 SlingShots have been supplied across 18 different enduser organisations across four continents, which Spectra says further endorses its dominant position in the tactical SATCOM marketplace.

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