[SatNews] The SWE-DISH CCT120 Suitcase® satellite terminal by Rockwell Collins has been selected by the Canadian Army for its Land Forces Portable Satellite Terminal program, and the Rockwell Collins 721S radio has been picked up by the Canadian Navy.
The Canadian Army contract calls for Rockwell Collins to provide 30 CCT120s with an option for 20 additional terminals.
“The CCT120 is the quickest-to-air terminal in the world, giving the Canadian Army access to advanced satellite technology that can be operated by one person in the field,” said Lee Obst, managing director for Rockwell Collins in Canada. “We look forward to providing this vital communication capability for this program.”
Based on innovative modular architecture, the CCT120 allows easy field operator changes of the antenna system, transceiver, and a plug-in modem cartridge to fit changing mission needs. The terminal’s different modules support a variety of frequency bands, power levels and modem types. It is certified for use on standard commercial SATCOM networks as well as the WGS constellation of military satellites and is provided in airline-checkable rugged transit cases enabling easy customer transport.
The CCT120 also gives users easy, one-person operation, an intuitive graphical user interface, trouble-free antenna pointing and auto peaking, and rugged construction.
The 712S radios will complement naval platforms equipped with the Rockwell Collins SubNet Relay system, enabling naval forces to exchange operational information faster and more reliably.
“The Royal Canadian Navy is the latest in a series of international militaries to acquire the 721S radio for naval operations,” said Lee Obst, managing director for Rockwell Collins in Canada. “The growing popularity of the 721S is largely driven by its proven ability to meet the speed and data needs of our customers.”
Obst added that the 721S is among an elite class of radios to be tested with SubNet Relay at data rates as high as 2 megabits per second in a 500 kilohertz channel, providing the advanced communications capability that is required today.
The 721S radio, a drop-in, software-defined radio replacement for the legacy Rockwell Collins AN/GRC-171 communications system, requires only five minutes to install, weighs 60 percent less than its predecessor and offers updated technology.
It is fully interoperable with legacy radios in use by coalition forces and includes a new remote control feature that allows customers to upgrade their installations for “lights out” operation, reducing manpower needs. The radio also features Rockwell Collins’ patented Clarity™ technology, which eliminates background noise in both transmit and receive modes and provides four times the communications coverage compared to legacy radios.
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