Astrium to Provide Airborne Satellite Communications for Canadian DND
- Astrium to deliver the latest generation of airborne terminal - AirPatrol
- Secure high bandwidth communications to support Canadian northern sovereignty and coastal surveillance
The terminal, which will be delivered and supported by Astrium Services' Secure Satcom Systems, will enable DND to evaluate the technical feasibility and operational capability of an airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platform. The RIFL2E project is designed to enhance coastal surveillance and support Canadian northern sovereignty.
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Aidan Joy, Managing Director of Astrium Services' Secure Satcom Systems, said:
"We are confident that AirPatrol will form an integral part of Canada's RIFL2E project. AirPatrol ensures that it is possible to stream live images from airborne reconnaissance missions directly to ground based receivers and remote users.
"We relish the opportunity to actively partner with the DND and provide the satcom capability to enable the seamless transmission of secure data."
AirPatrol has been developed in response to the growing demand from military and other customers who are increasingly reliant on the secure transmission of video, multispectral and radar imagery, particularly from UAVs.
The light-weight design of the terminal, made possible with the use of composite materials, means that AirPatrol can be much more easily integrated onto a variety of aircraft than its heavier alloy alternatives, ensuring that the terminal has a minimum impact on the aircraft's overall flight performance.
AirPatrol benefits from an advanced stabilisation system that is designed to handle complex airborne manoeuvres, so that the antenna always remains accurately pointed to maintain a secure communication link at all times.
The terminal also incorporates carbon composite materials into the antenna design. The use of carbon composites permit a higher level of radio frequency (RF) path integration, resulting in improved performance when compared with standard aluminium antennas; exceptional 20Mbps data rates have been demonstrated at X-band, using the standard 60cm dish, in some cases providing at least three times the capacity of a standard antenna.
Source : Astrium