BLOS Communications Critical for US Military Technological Superiority
by Naveen Verma
Director, Sales Engineering
Tachyon Networks, Inc
The USA has ended the war in Iraq, but the war against terror is absolutely in full force and will remain in full force for the unforeseeable future. As the world’s geopolitical realities become more fluid and complex, one thing that is very critical to fighting the war against terror is our manned or unmanned Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission capability. My sense is that unmanned missions in particular are going to be more prevalent in the future to minimize any human casualties. We all heard about President Obama’s plans for defense cuts, and following is what Leon Panetta, Defense Secretary also said in his speech: “…as we reduce the overall defense budget, we will protect our investments in special operations forces, new technologies like ISR and unmanned systems, space and cyberspace capabilities and our capacity to quickly mobilize. These investments will help the military retain and continue to refine and institutionalize the expertise and capabilities that have been gained at such great cost over the last decade…” That’s right! ISR and unmanned systems are indeed critical to the current and future US military.
One of the key elements to an ISR mission is Satellite Communications-On-The-Move (SOTM) technology especially in underdeveloped areas of the world. SOTM technology is fast, reliable, rugged and secure to meet all of ISR’s challenges. Whether one needs real-time video transmission while performing air surveillance, or Internet access from a ship in international waters, or communication access for the mobile command center, satellite communications service is guaranteed to work, particularly for Beyond-Line-of-Sight (BLOS) communication. Currently, SOTM technology can provide return speeds of many megabits per second to upload content whether it’s real-time HD video or any stored data or video from the aircraft. Whether an ISR mission requires manned or unmanned, rotor blade or fixed wing aircraft, advanced BLOS communications technologies are essential to the timely dissemination of information from in-theater locations back to command centers.
So as many areas of military investment are reduced in the coming years, I expect to see continuous investment into SOTM technologies as a vital enabler for the US Military’s technological superiority.