The Rockwell Collins-built SWE-DISH CCT120 Drive-Away satellite system has successfully demonstrated its improved data transmission capabilities during the US Army's Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) 12.2 exercise, held between May and June 2012 at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.
The CCT120 was involved in the Company Command Post (CoCP) system equipment evaluation of NIE, which put the system through its paces in conditions to simulate real-time battlefield scenarios, to determine if it provided improvements over legacy equipment in specific areas of interest or gaps in existing equipment capabilities.
Steady network coverage was provided by CCT120 without any complications even in extreme environments, such as dust, heavy rain and thunderstorms, confirming the system's reliability in adverse weather conditions.
During the five-week NIE, the lightweight system demonstrated its easy-to-transport and mobile nature by integrating into one Humvee vehicle, when stowed and packed in transit cases, in addition to proving its rapid deployment capability in less than 30 minutes.
Rockwell Collins Communication and Navigation Products vice president and general manager Bob Haag said the outcome of NIE exercise confirmed the ability of the CCT120 to support higher wideband data rates.
"NIE 12.2 provided us with the unique opportunity for both laboratory and warfighter feedback on our newer technologies," Haag added.
"Our investment in NIE 12.2 provided us with a wealth of information from a key constituency in a very short time period."
The CCT120 Drive-Away is a CommuniCase technology equipped advanced satellite terminal capable of enabling rapid transmission of satellite news gathering (SNG) to ground stations.
Designed to operate on X-, Ku- and Ka-band satellites, the system can be installed permanently or temporarily on any sport utility vehicles (SUV), minivan or larger military vehicles without requiring any modifications.
Image: The CCT120 Drive-Away enables quick transmission of voice, data or videos to the base. Photo: copyright © 2012 Rockwell Collins.