Inmarsat to introduce L-TAC L-band service for government users

British satellite telecommunications company Inmarsat made a recent announcement that the company will be extending its mobile tactical Beyond-Line-of-Sight (BLOS) communications to a wider range of new government users by taking advantage of the capabilities of Inmarsat’s L-band satellites.

The company is planning to launch L-TAC — a new L-band service aiming to provide ‘UHF-like’ tactical satellite capability for use with existing UHF tactical radios for approved government customers at a competitive price. The capability of the UHF tactical satellite is of high demand by government customers due to its suitability to create Beyond-Line-of-Sight, Push-to-Talk networks via tactical radios — either man portable or integrated in vehicles, helicopters, ships or other mobile platforms.

Inmarsat’s new service will help complement and expand the existing UHF tactical capacity of the company by using its Inmarsat-4 constellation of satellites. The constellations delivers this capability all over the world, at the same time supporting small antennas for BLOS communications on the move.

The British company also collaborated with Spectra Group to develop the Slingshot adaptor — a small antenna that takes the place of the existing UHF antenna on existing tactical military radios. Along with Slingshot, the L-TAC leased service of Inmarsat will enable users to lease the service for a fixed period of time, as short as one month.

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Beam brings HQ Satellite Communications in Russia’s Antarctic Polar base

Australia-based Beam Communications snagged a deal to provide powerful satellite communications services to Russia’s Antarctic Polar station, through the installation of Inmarsat products. The IsatDock Pro was successfully installed in the Russian polar bases in the southernmost continent.

Over 150-200 people are currently staying in the five Russian bases in the Antarctic as part of research expedition and scientific exploration teams. The harsh conditions of the region means these temporary settlements rely on satellite communications to connect with the rest of the world. Some of Inmarsat’s powerful products are already in use like the Iridium system, the BGAN, and the IsatPhone Pro.

The HQ satellite communications provided by Beam have successfully serviced the polar stations. Many of these satellite equipment, especially the antennas, were designed and tested to stand the severe Antarctic environment.

Inmarsat’s latest reach in the South will primarily be used for service communications between polar stations. In particular, the IsatDock Pro is a cutting-edge docking station that can support voice communications through Bluetooth, and included features like a USB port, phone charging, and an active privacy handset. The technology will also facilitate communications between the polar bases and mainland headquarters.

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