Air Force looks to AQYR Technologies to provide portable military SATCOM terminals

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass., 30 Sept. 2015. The U.S. Air Force needed back-packable systems that can receive important information broadcast over satellite communications (SATCOM) channels to deployed military forces worldwide. They found their solution from AQYR Technologies Inc. in Hollis, N.H.

Air Force looks to AQYR Technologies to provide portable military SATCOM terminals
Air Force looks to AQYR Technologies to provide portable military SATCOM terminals
HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass., 30 Sept. 2015. The U.S. Air Force needed back-packable communications systems that can receive important information broadcast over satellite communications (SATCOM) channels to deployed military forces worldwide. They found their solution from AQYR Technologies Inc. in Hollis, N.H.

Officials of the air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., announced a $100 million contract to AQYR Technologies last week for AN/PRS-12 Global Broadcast Service (GBS) rucksack portable receive suites for U.S. military forces.

The Global Broadcast Service is a U.s. military system that provides a one-way fast wideband information link to forces garrisoned, deployed, or on the move.

GBS provides high-rate data communications to many users at once, as well as high-rate data communications to very small, low-cost user receive-only terminals. the GBS consists of transmit sites, broadcast satellite payloads, and receive suites.

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AQYR Technologies officials say the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity production contract includes not only the company's AN/PRS-12 GPS rucksack receivers, but also the company's AN/PRS-11 suitcase portable receivers.

Both systems are rugged portable Ka-band SATCOM receivers that one person can deploy and operate. The AN/PRS-12 weighs less than 20 pounds, and the AN/PRS-11 weighs less than 32 pounds. Satellite acquisition time is three minutes due to AQYR's patented auto-acquisition capability.

The systems provide access to video and imagery from unmanned aircraft; weather, terrain, geospatial and mapping information; forward looking infrared (FLIR) imagery; as well as streaming video, Web content, and other large files.

The AN/PRS-12 rucksack receiver and AN/PRS-11 suitcase receiver have GBS broadcast reception capability as fast as 45 megabits per second UHF Follow-On (UFO) and Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) transponders. It integrates with all High-Assurance IP Encryption (HAIPE) devices to support single- and dual-security enclaves from secret up to top secret/sensitive compartmented information (TS/SCI) classification. The system operates continuously for more than eight hours on one BA-2590 battery.

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Earlier configurations have been in service with Special Operations Forces deployed overseas. The units bring command center information and data to the in-field warfighter, and can withstand the effects of high humidity, blowing sand, rain, and extreme heat and cold, company officials say.

This sole-source award is the result of a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) initially granted by the Air Force Research Laboratory.

For more information contact AQYR Technologies online at http://aqyrtech.com, or the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at www.wpafb.af.mil/aflcmc.

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