EMS Defense & Space to supply high-bandwidth SATCOM antenna for Army RC-12 Guardrail surveillance aircraft
NORCROSS, Ga., 3 March 2011. Military communications experts at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) in McLean, Va., needed an X-band satellite communications (SATCOM) antenna system for the U.S. military RC-12 reconnaissance aircraft. They found their solution from EMS Defense & Space in Norcross, Ga.
EMS engineers developed the Wavestorm GS-X antenna as a ground-based SATCOM antenna to support wideband communications requirements for systems transmitting across X-band satellites such as XTAR, Skynet, and Wideband Global Satcom.
“We are very impressed with the performance of EMS’s antenna system,” says Michael Johnson, program manager at SAIC. “The antenna has undergone several demonstrations that prove it can exceed our data rate requirements and can be rapidly fielded by the military in support of urgent warfighter needs.”
The antenna’s low-profile slot-array technology is rugged and is designed for high-bandwidth data transmission for aircraft, surface ships, and land vehicles.
“We developed our X-band antenna system to meet the growing need for improvements in the transmission of ISR [intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance] data around the globe,” says Norm Johnson, vice president of business development at EMS Defense & Space.
EMS demonstrated the antenna system in the United Kingdom over the Skynet 5 satellite constellation by transmitting full-motion video at data rates as fast as 14 megabits per second. SAIC is scheduled to begin flying the Wavestorm AS-X on an RC-12 aircraft next month.