U.S. Army looks to commercial satellite constellations to augment tactical networking to remote battlefields

June 1, 2021
Army’s turn to new satellite constellations helps boost the resiliency of tactical communications networking if other communications links are jammed.

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – The U.S. Army is beginning to use advanced satellite communications (SATCOM) technology to increase network resiliency. Defense News reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

1 June 2021 -- Adding low- and medium-Earth orbit commercial satellite constellations into the service’s tactical networking is part of the service’s effort to shift to dispersed battlefields, instead of the fixed fiber communications and forward operating bases that defined the last two decades of war in the Middle East.

The service’s next delivery of tactical network tools will use existing satellites to support the new battlefield communications, says Rich Hoffman, lead electronics engineer for SATCOM at the C5ISR Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

To support the dispersed and joint warfighting operations of future wars in places such as the Indo-Pacific, the Army needs several options, including commercial SATCOM, to route communications in case an enemy interferes with one option.

Related: Air Force to capitalize on growing commercial satellite communications infrastructure for tactical internet

Related: How military harvests technology from commercial industry

Related: Raytheon to continue building NMT SATCOM computer networking terminals under terms of $48.8 million order

John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of Military Aerospace, create an account today!