GATR to begin full rate production of SATCOM antenna for USMC

13 July 2015 (Last Updated July 13th, 2015 18:30)

GATR Technologies has received approval for full rate production of its inflatable satellite communications (SATCOM) antenna.

GATR Technologies has received approval for full rate production of its inflatable satellite communications (SATCOM) antenna.

The company will manufacture the solution for the US Marine Corps (USMC) high-bandwidth special intelligence-palletised terminal (HBSI-PT) programme of record.

Initially, GATR received an $11m order for 36 2.4m X and Ku-band terminals to support the USMC's radio and intelligence battalions.

The order forms part of a $44m indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract awarded by US Army project manager, warfighter information network-tactical (PM WIN-T), product manager satellite communications (PdM SATCOM) earlier this year.

GATR Marine Corps programme manager Victor Vega said: "The Program of Record means the Marine Corps has vetted GATR's Inflatable Satellite Antenna (ISA) capabilities and performance through extensive testing to DoD standards, such as MIL-STD-810G environmental compliance and ARSTRAT WGS certification.

"The Marine Corps has vetted GATR's Inflatable Satellite Antenna (ISA) capabilities and performance through extensive testing to DoD standards."

"It also means that our commercial technology is now a catalogued system in the DoD logistics stream."

The HBSI-PT is a dual-band antenna system with Ku and X-band capability, as well as a transport networking stack that includes a colourless core and three enclave networking group.

The USMC HBSI-PT configuration comprises five cases, including antenna, modem / power, Ku-band, X-band, and networking group, weighing under 370lb per terminal.

It has the same performance as a 4,000lb Mobile (trailer) Terminal (MT), the company stated.

The programme is part of a requirement for a family of SATCOM terminals that includes the Trojan Spirit Lite (v) 1 and (v) 3.

It is managed by Marine Corps Systems Command's (MARCORSYCOM) sensitive compartmented information (SCI) communications project team, under the direction of product manager networking and satellite communications (PdM NSC).