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May 5th, 2019

Spectra Group Bringing SlingShot to DC Show for AEWE 2019 Participation and Presentation

Spectra Group will be delivering full updates on their SlingShot technology and their participation in the U.S. Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiments (AEWE 2019) at Satellite 2019, taking place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC, 6-9th May 2019 — the company will be present at stand 2319.

Spectra is a provider of secure voice, data and satellite communications systems and the company's U.S. arm, Spectra Group (US) Inc, was selected for AEWE 2019 by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) following contract successes in the U.S.

The AEWE, fielded by the U.S. Army Maneuver Battle Lab at Fort Benning, focuses on small unit modernization, providing capability developers, the Science and Technology (S&T) community, and industry with a repeatable, credible, rigorous, and validated operational experiment, supporting both concept and material development. The AEWE places cutting edge prototype technologies into the hands of soldiers, providing bottom up input to capability development through early and iterative feedback in a tactical setting.

Successfully used and evaluated in a range of operational scenarios by AEWE 2019, Spectra’s SlingShot is a unique, lightweight frequency conversion device that enables existing, in-service tactical military and commercial VHF/UHF radios to utilize commercial L-band satellites in a TacSat mode. The technology delivers BLOS Communications-On-The-Move (COTM) with low-latency voice and data connectivity to radio networks for ground, vehicle, maritime or airborne platforms, with or without Type 1 or commercial grade encryption.

SlingShot’s unique capability provides reliable communications between widely dispersed military forces and/or First Responders operating in austere environments, without the delay or logistical challenges of deploying additional infrastructure.

Simon Davies, President of Spectra Group U.S. said that the company will be attending Satellite 2019 to build on the firm's success within a focused group of U.S. DoD users, as well as to open up new opportunities and to meet the market demand in the United States. Spectra's U.S. office is fully open for business. and this participation at Satellite 2019 is a natural progression following the firm's recent participation in the Global SOF Symposium, where the company was able to validate the continuing commitment to developing and delivering technologies that meet the exacting demands of U.S. and international Special Forces’ requirements.