Inmarsat and Spectra Group have partnered to developÂ a mobile satellite service intended to help military customers facilitate ultra and very high-frequency tactical communications.
Steve Gizinski, vice president of special programs atÂ Inmarsat’s U.S. government business unit, wrote in a blog post published MondayÂ theÂ L-band Tactical SatelliteÂ platform worksÂ to provide data and voice connectivity for militaryÂ users.
He noted that L-TAC employsÂ Spectra Group’s SlingshotÂ frequency converter technology designed to connectÂ military and government radios to a commercial L-band satellite.
The integrated system also works toÂ help “users to transition from larger UHF/VHF antennas to smaller, discreet omni-directional ones, which can be placed on a vehicle, a helicopter or the backpacks of soldiers on the move,” heÂ added.
According to Gizenski, variousÂ military organizations currently use the global L-TAC service.
Inmarsat and Spectra also developed a civilian variant of the system in an effort to help facilitateÂ law enforcement and emergency communications.