Spectra Group, UK and US-based communications specialists will be delivering full updates on their SlingShot technology and their participation in the US Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiments (AEWE 2019) at Satellite 2019, taking place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Centre, Washington DC, 6-9th May 2019. Satellite 2019 is this year’s largest and most important global connectivity technology event, drawing professionals from over 100 countries to Washington DC to access innovations in satellite technology, conduct business with strategic partners and help drive the future of the satellite industry.
Spectra is an internationally renowned specialist provider of secure voice, data and satellite communications systems. Their US arm, Spectra Group (US) Inc, were selected for AEWE 2019 by the US DoD following impressive contract successes in the US.
The AEWE, fielded by the US 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 utilised and evaluated in a range of operational scenarios by AEWE 2019, Spectra’s game-changing 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 Comms 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 US said: “Spectra will be attending Satellite 2019 to build on our success within a focused group of US DoD users, as well as to open up new opportunities and to meet the market demand in the United States.” He added “Our US office is fully open for business. Our participation at Satellite 2019 is a natural progression following our recent participation in the Global SOF Symposium where we were able to validate our continuing commitment to developing and delivering technologies that meet the exacting demands of US and international Special Forces’ requirements.