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Kratos displays integrated SATCOM situational awareness capability

27 Apr 2021 (Last Updated April 27th, 2021 12:41)

US-based defence company Kratos Defence and Security Solutions has demonstrated an integrated satellite communications (SATCOM) capability to deliver situational awareness in real-time.

US-based defence company Kratos Defence and Security Solutions has demonstrated an integrated satellite communications (SATCOM) capability to deliver situational awareness in real-time.

The company used Enterprise Management and Control (EM&C) to optimise wideband SATCOM and provide situational awareness to an operationally secure environment.

The exhibition was part of a multinational joint all-domain command and control (JADC2) demonstration in Europe.

The event was hosted by the US European Command, US Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, and Department of the Air Force Chief Architect Office.

Funding for the demonstration was provided through the Air Force Life Cycle Management Centre Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) Broad Agency Announcement, of which Kratos is an award recipient.

EM&C is an effort by the US Department of Defense (DoD) to enable roaming among heterogeneous military SATCOM (MILSATCOM) and commercial SATCOM networks and to optimise wideband SATCOM.

SMC SATCOM Capability Integrator Office Fighting SATCOM Capability Integration chief LTC Gary Thompson said: “This demonstration of EM&C helped the warfighters better understand the key satellite links used for communication, and enabled the precision identification, characterisation and troubleshooting of interference along the long-haul communication pathways.

“In addition, utilisation of the unified data library allowed the sharing of critical information across the joint forces for timely, fused situational awareness and lethality.”

EM&C improves the effectiveness of the DoD’s critical SATCOM infrastructure by improving resilience and giving more satellite link choices.

It also reduces resource allocation times and improves bandwidth efficiency.

To provide SATCOM capacity, Kratos partnered with Knight Sky for terminal and Gateway equipment supporting the Flexible Terminal Interface, and SES Government Solutions.

Earlier this month, Kratos’ wholly owned subsidiary, Micro Systems, secured a contract to support the US Army’s ground aerial unmanned autonomous systems (UAS) and unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) command and target control systems.