Northrop Grumman has introduced three new variants of protected low-cost terminals (LCTs) at the ongoing MILCOM 2014 event, held at the Baltimore Convention Centre, Baltimore, US.
The new LCTs, which include a protected communications on the move (P-COTM) terminal, airborne terminal and TCS protected ultra terminal, have been designed to provide soldiers with secure and affordable satellite communications.
The high-frequency LCTs will deliver rapid, jam-resistant connectivity for tactical missions. Its cost is said to be similar to that of unprotected military communication terminals.
P-COTM is a rugged terminal with low-profile vehicle antennas that deal with unmet, near-term requirements and expand army communication networks.
It has beyond-line-of-sight nodes and offers protected connectivity through Milstar and extremely high-frequency satellites.
The airborne terminal is an extension of the hardware and software of P-COTM and is intended for special operations aircraft.
It will be displayed in 2015 and can be expanded into other manned and unmanned applications.
The TCS protected ultra terminal comes in airline-checkable transit cases that can be configured within 10 minutes, and assists in modular quick-change feeds and upgrade kits.
It is smaller and lighter than the current protected communication alternatives.
The new products are the result of a joint investment by Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and TeleCommunication Systems.
Image: P-COTM offers protected connectivity via Milstar and extremely high-frequency satellites. Photo: courtesy of the Northrop Grumman Corporation.