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July 11th, 2017

Kratos’ RT Logic's Study for DoD Defines Enhanced SATCOM Resiliency Concepts

When you need critical information, something that involves the U.S. Government's Department of Defense, those that possess the expertise and information are sought. And so ...

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc.'s (Nasdaq:KTOS) subsidiary, RT Logic's expertise has been enlisted by the U.S. Government to perform a critical Wideband Communications Architecture Study (WCAS) contract that will define the next generation resilient ground architecture for the Department of Defense (DoD).

Kratos was awarded three of the study’s primary tasks:

  1. defining the overall ground architecture
  2. identifying flexible and efficient mechanisms to provide wideband transport including both satellite communications (SATCOM) and ground resources
  3. determining the operations management requirements needed to facilitate system control and situational awareness

Increasingly, DoD terminals must be able to “roam” beyond one satellite network to expand SATCOM capacity and resiliency. To achieve this capability, U.S. Government systems must be able to flexibly access commercial and government resources and traverse among a diverse pool of satellites, teleports, and managed systems. Currently, this capability is hindered by the proliferation of managed service networks using proprietary modems and waveform technologies.

Kratos is supported on this effort by a team of satellite operators to execute the study, including Intelsat General, SES, INMARSAT, Hughes and OneWeb.

According to John Monahan, Senior Vice President of Kratos SATCOM products stated that the program draws upon Kratos’ core SATCOM and MILSATCOM capabilities that leverage their extensive portfolio of ground system products and architectural depth. The ‘roaming enterprise’ approach will increase SATCOM capacity and create a more resilient architecture to anticipate and respond to future attacks.