PARSIPPANY, N.J., 4 June 2007. DRS Codem Systems Inc., DRS Technologies Inc.'s business unit based in Merrimack, N.H., demonstrated its X-band satellite communications-on-the-move (COTM) capabilities with an XTAR LLC satellite during the U.S. Navy's annual exercise, Trident Warrior. The demonstration occurred aboard the Department of Defense Office of Force Transformation's experimental naval craft, the Stiletto, while moving at speeds exceeding 40 knots off the coast of Virginia.
DRS Codem Systems provides on-the-move satellite communications and innovative surveillance solutions to U.S. and international military forces. Its participation with XTAR in this year's Trident Warrior supported the naval exercise's objective of testing new technologies that could improve communication and situational awareness, and speed vital information to warfighters.
The demonstration provided high data rate (3Mbps), Beyond Line-Of-Site and "reach back" capabilities utilizing DRS' 85-pound X-band COTM terminal and the XTAR-LANT satellite. The DRS-XTAR solution enabled video from the experimental boat's electro-optical system and Craft Integrated Electronic Suite, to be relayed live to the U.S. Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, Calif.
The Stiletto was developed by the Office of Force Transformation to explore new technologies such as X-band Satellite COTM for use in littoral warfare. For this experiment, the office received support from the U.S. Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command and Naval Air Warfare Center, the U.S. Special Operations Command, the U.S. Army's Communications-Electronics Research Development and Engineering Command, and XTAR LLC.