U S Marine Corps to Deploy GATR's Inflatable Satellite Communications Antenna

By CIOReview | Thursday, July 23, 2015
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HUNTSVILLE, LA: GATR Technologies, manufacturer of deployable inflatable satellite communication terminals gets sanction for full rate production for the U S Marine Corps (USMC), a branch of US Armed Forces  High Bandwidth Special Intelligence-Palletized Terminal (HBSI-PT) Program of Record. 

The approval of GATR’s Inflatable Satellite Communications (SATCOM) Antenna was officially made with an initial order of thirty-six (36) 2.4-meter X- and Ku-band terminals to support its Radio and Intelligence Battalions.

Configured with Ku- and X-band capability, the HBSI-PT is a dual-band antenna system containing a colorless transport networking stack also comprising of a colorless core and three enclave networking group. The USMC HBSI-PT performance is similar to a 4,000-lb. Mobile (trailer) Terminal (MT) weighing under 370 lbs integrated with 5 cases; antenna, modem/power, Ku-band, X-band, networking group.

Earning a type designator of AN/TSC-212, the platform being the first independent Department of Defense (DoD) Program of Record for their commercial technology for GATR Technologies. “The Program of Record means the Marine Corps has vetted GATR’s Inflatable Satellite Antenna (ISA) capabilities and performance through extensive testing to DoD standards such as MIL-STD-810G environmental compliance and ARSTRAT WGS certification,” states Victor Vega, GATR’s Marine Corps Program Manager.

The HBSI-PT program is managed under the direction of Product Manager Networking and Satellite Communications (PdM NSC), Marine Corps Systems Command’s (MARCORSYCOM) Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) communications project team and the .  SATCOM terminals currently include the TROJAN SPIRIT LITE (v) 1 and (v) 3.

Including drastic reduction in weight, GATR’s deployment enables a 2.4-meter aperture antenna to pack into airline-checkable transit cases. The new program also replaces the TROJAN solution for the HBSI-PT and will now be using the ISA, which was selected to help achieve the mission of MARCORSYSCOM’s Program Manager Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Communications Command & Control (PM MC3) to ‘Lighten the MAGTF’.