US Army orders inflatable satellite antennas from GATR

9 January 2014 (Last Updated January 9th, 2014 18:30)

GATR Technologies has received a contract from the US Army Project Manager, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (PM WIN-T), Product Manager Satellite Communications (PdM SATCOM), Commercial SATCOM Terminal Program (CSTP) Office for supply of its inflatable satellite antennas (ISA).

GATR Technologies has received a contract from the US Army Project Manager, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (PM WIN-T), Product Manager Satellite Communications (PdM SATCOM), Commercial SATCOM Terminal Program (CSTP) Office for supply of its inflatable satellite antennas (ISA).

Under the $440m indefinite delivery indefinite quantity contract, the company will supply its wideband global satellites (WGS) certified ISAs, as well as associated hardware, services and support to the US Army, Marine Corps, and other commands and services.

GATR's president Paul Gierow said the contract validates the continued adoption of the company's technology by the warfighter and signifies its evolution as provider of integrated solutions.

''We were extremely fortunate to leverage early small business innovative research contracts and quick reaction funding from the Department of Defense to help us initially field and improve our technology,'' Gierow said.

''This contract allows conventional forces to take advantage of the same cost savings and lighter profile already benefiting the special operations community, marine corps expeditionary units and other early adopters.''

GATR's antenna is a flexible parabolic dish mounted within an inflatable sphere, lowering the weight and packaged volume by as much as 80%, thereby improving the agility of deployed military and disaster response personnel.

"This contract allows conventional forces to take advantage of the same cost savings and lighter profile already benefiting the special operations community."

As well as having a lower acquisition cost than the conventional deployable systems, the ISA also has a lightweight design that dramatically reduces transportation expenses.

The larger dish size allows for more efficient use of satellite bandwidth capacity, increasing bandwidth for users, while enabling more users to communicate simultaneously.

More than 300 GATR ISA terminals have been fielded by the US and allied militaries since 2008.

Deliveries under the contract are scheduled to take place over the next five years.

Defence Technology