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U.S. acquires new tactical satellite solution from Inmarsat

Oct. 7, 2013 at 2:33 PM

HERNDON, Va., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Inmarsat Government says its new L-band tactical satellite solution has been tested and acquired by the U.S. government, enhancing military communications capabilities.

L-TAC complements the scarce UHF satellite capacity with a single-hop, low-latency voice and data service, providing tactical L-band service when UHF channels are inaccessible or unavailable.

"Military users need to exercise reliable and cost-effective command and control of widely dispersed forces in austere environments where terrestrial infrastructures are non-existent," said Susan Miller, Inmarsat Government's president and chief executive officer.

"The L-TAC service provides clear communications at high speeds, crucial for convoys on the move in hostile environments. Such service is in critical demand on a global basis, enabling existing in-service tactical radios to access beyond-line-of-sight communications without the need to modify existing hardware."

Immarsat, which is showing the system this week at a Pentagon demonstration, gave no additional details about the system or its acquisition by the government.

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