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Air Force Ku-band waveform aces tests

Apr. 8, 2014 - 12:54PM   |  
By MICHAEL PECK   |   Comments
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The Air Force has successfully tested a new waveform intended to improve communications and connectivity. (Air Force)
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Intelsat General Corp. and L-3 Communication Systems-West have successfully demonstrated the U.S. Air Force's Protected Tactical Waveform technology over Ku-band transponders on Intelsat satellites.

The demonstrations were conducted last week at Intelsat's teleport in Ellenwood, Ga. L-3's anti-jam modems and waveforms were tested over a Ku-band satellite emulator and over a Galaxy 18 satellite. Full-duplex voice, video and IP data were sent via the Protected Tactical Waveform, which is designed to resist jamming. Intelsat and L-3 plan further tests next year on Intelsat's EpicNG satellites.

“Through our collaboration with Intelsat, both airborne and ground users will be able to upgrade using L-3 wideband modems for both higher capacity and protected capabilities,” said Val Snyder, president of L-3 Communication Systems-West.

Related: Air Force seeks mobile security innovations

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