Advanced communications solutions supplier PacStar has been contracted to provide support for the US Army’s Expeditionary Signal Battalion-Enhanced (ESB-E) programme.

ESB-E is a more agile version of ESB, which allows the army to quickly deploy and manoeuvre across the battlefield with uninterrupted mission command. It is currently being piloted by the army.

ESB will support units without organic communications capabilities, including military intelligence battalions, chemical battalions, engineering battalions and air defence artillery branches.

However, the battalions require improvement in internal communications to enhance mission efficiency and quality.

The focal point of the ESB-E, the ESB Scalable Network Node (SNN) requires systems to be scalable between small, medium and large configurations in line with mission requirements.

Under the contract, the company will provide its PacStar 400-Series modular platform designed to maximise communications capabilities.

Using small units, PacStar 400-Series solutions provide lightweight communications equipment to move rapidly during missions.

The platform features 128GB RAM, virtual routing and new PacStar 463 Radio Gateway.

PacStar Smart Chassis is powered by an advanced communications server that provides the capability to house up to five PacStar 400-Series modules.

This allows PacStar Smart Chassis to perform operations as a standalone entity or a component in a larger system.

PacStar CEO Peggy J Miller said: “Network modernisation to meet warfighter needs and defence priorities is a core focus for the Army and across the DoD, and we are proud to support these efforts with PacStar 400-Series for ESB-E.

“With these solutions, ESB-E SNN will get the smallest, lightest, modular tactical communications platform in the industry, which is part of our larger initiative to enable increased reliability and innovation for warfighters.”