Spain's emergency military unit orders mobile satellite terminals for mil apps

BERKSHIRE, UK, 17 Sept. 2009. VISLINK Law Enforcement & Public Safety (LE&PS) business unit announces that Spanish Unidad Militar de Emergencias (UME) officials have ordered three ADVENT 1.5m X-band NewSwift antenna systems to add to the seventeen 1.5m NewSwift mobile satellite terminals ordered previously. These units will be supplied by IT and defense system supplier INDRA.

Sep 17th, 2009

BERKSHIRE, UK, 17 Sept. 2009. VISLINK Law Enforcement & Public Safety (LE&PS) business unit announces that Spanish Unidad Militar de Emergencias (UME) officials have ordered three ADVENT 1.5m X-band NewSwift antenna systems to add to the seventeen 1.5m NewSwift mobile satellite terminals ordered previously. These units will be supplied for mil apps by IT and defense system supplier INDRA.

Part of the Spanish army, the specialized UME unit was formed in October 2005 to provide the first line of response to any form of national emergency. This initial contract award involved a new design of fast deployment mobile satellite terminal, with INDRA and ADVENT completing the project in under four months. Key elements of the project's specification included an easy-to-use system that could be operational in the shortest possible time, removing any need for complex configuration.

INDRA is responsible for developing and installing the Spanish Army's SECOMSAT system, and SECOMSAT incorporates two Hub stations and more than 300 terminals, including fly away, tactical, marine installations and software for the management network. The UME contract represents a natural progression from INDRA's existing project for the Spanish Army, says a representative.

VISLINK was selected by INDRA on the basis of its ability to deliver a top-quality customized solution within the tight timescale, matched by competitive pricing and specialist technical support facilities.

Juan Carlos Martín, INDRA's Manager of National Military Ground Stations Programmes, says: "This continues to be an extremely successful project, and we have received excellent support from the VISLINK team at every stage. The UME personnel are very pleased with how the mobile satellite terminals are operating, reporting that they are easy to use and deploy and on this basis they are ordereing further systems to add to their emergency response fleet. The mobile satellite terminals represent a key element in the UME's ability to respond to an emergency, acting as the communication's core. We are pleased to be working with VISLINK again, as we complete the next stage of the project with UME."

Each of the UME's mobile terminals incorporates a monitoring and control system that can be managed remotely from UME headquarters through the Torrejón de Ardoz (near to Madrid) Hub station, and uses ADVENT's motorized NewSwift antenna system.

This compact integrated satellite terminal system features a specially shaped offset fed antenna that is manufactured in carbon fibre for strength and portability. It is configured for X-band with Voice over IP (VoIP) for baseband data and voice.

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