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09 Dec 13. Cassidian’s mobile TETRA LTE system completes functional test for Germany. The German Armed Forces have successfully conducted first functional trials of Cassidian’s first prototype of a mobile terrestrial trunked radio (TETRA) Long Term Evolution (LTE) radio system, designed to enable simultaneous voice and broadband data services for users. The first mobile broadband radio system demonstrated its capability in the 400MHz frequency band. The system has successfully passed its first functional test, as part of the German Armed Forces’ highly mobile cellular networks study, Hochmobile Zellulare Netzwerke (HochZeN), following its acceptance by the Armed Forces’ Technical Centre for Information Technology and Electronics (WTD 81). As part of the study, two radio cells combining TETRA and LTE were successfully tested in two of the armed forces’ EAGLE IV armoured vehicles over a period of two weeks and validated its capability. During the functional test, more than 100 assessment cases such as radio range, data transfer rate, performance while moving and interfaces to other systems have been used to test aspects including connection of vehicle and handheld radios to stationary and moving radio cells. The results for radio coverage were above expectations while the data rates were dependent on the distance and antenna used and lay between 100KBps and 2MBps. The systems are scheduled to be further developed over the next 12 months and will undergo further field tests by the Bundeswehr in 2015. (Source: naval-technology.com)
10 Dec 13. General Dynamics Canada has delivered the first of three deployable fast-time analysis systems for the CP-140 Aurora Maritime Patrol Aircraft. The portable system, designed to fit through the crew door of the CP-140 aircraft, can be deployed with the aircraft for missions away from the main operating base in Canada and allows ground crews immediate access to post-flight analysis of critical acoustic data, confirming and classifying targets. In Canada the system is referred to as the Deployable Modular VME Acoustic Signal Processor (MVASP) Post Processing and Archiving System or D-MPPAS; it makes up part of the ground equipment for the Aurora Incremental Modernization Program (AIMP). Internationally, the system will be sold under the name Acoustic Replay & Intelligence Exploitation System, or ARIES.
12 Dec 13. In one year, Northrop Grumman Corporation took a satellite communications system normally used in space and transformed it into a high-functioning, low-cost communications system that can be used on aircraft. The satellite communications (SATCOM) system was successfully demonstrated on board the company’s Firebird demonstrator aircraft. Until now, no small communications system has been able to send sensor data to a satellite and back to a ground station at such a high rate of transfer. During the demonstration, the SATCOM system rapidly provided full-motion video to the ground. For demo purposes, the system and associated test equipment were housed within a pylon-mounted structure attached to the top of the Firebird fuselage.
The system’s small size saves a great deal of space, allowing more sensor payloads and equipment to be carried by the aircraft. Northrop Grumman developed the SATCOM system using Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology, which first gained attention as the source of brightly colored LED lights. GaN allows for high communications output while using very little physical space.
12 Dec 13. A U.S. Marine Corps exercise last week demonstrated the utility of mobiles for ISR data sharing. Agile Bloodhound, jointly conducted Nov. 13-14 by the Office of Naval Research, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific Experimentation Center and the 3rd Marine Regiment in Hawaii, integrated ISR data with command and control systems, according to an ONR ne