The Spectra Group, a specialist provider of secure voice, data and satellite communications systems, is celebrating the delivery of over 7,000 of the award-winning SlingShot satellite communications systems to regular and specialist responders worldwide, coinciding with its 20th anniversary and DVD 2002, which will be released on 21 -22. September 2022 in Millbrook, England.
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Designed by and for use with Special Forces, Slingshot is perfect for missions involving troops with minimal logistical support, in remote locations and with limited transport capacity. (Image source: Spectra Group)
Since its launch at the Military Satellite Conference in London in November 2014, over 7000 SlingShot systems have been either sold or leased and are in service with specialist or regular armed forces in over 24 countries worldwide. SlingShot has provided hundreds of thousands of hours of secure satellite communications and data for modern armies and security forces using their own radios in the field, minimizing costs and training requirements. The SlingShot system, winner of the Queen’s Award for Innovation, is not only small, light and low-power, but also revolutionary because it can be integrated into current UHF and VHF tactical communication systems to extend their range from 30 km to 1000 (+) to expand. km and thus offers real Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) and Communications on the Move (COTM) under all conditions from one system.
Designed by and for use with Special Forces, Slingshot is perfect for missions involving troops with minimal logistical support, in remote locations and with limited transport capacity. By integrating the SlingShot system with Inmarsat’s L-TAC satellite service and connecting it to an operational radio, deployed troops immediately receive strategic communications that would otherwise be unavailable without a significant communications infrastructure. In addition to the robust BLOS voice capability, SlingShot also has sufficient bandwidth to transfer critical data to support important applications such as B.: situational awareness tools; GPS tracking; Reporting and other data transmission without the requirement of a ground-based line-of-sight retransmission architecture. Finally, the Slingshot omnidirectional antennas provide real-time communications on the move (COTM) to manpack, land, sea and air platforms, rather than having to be static as is the case with traditional TACSAT systems.
Simon Davies, CEO of Spectra Group, said: “We are extremely proud of the Slingshot system and how successful it has been in solving the communications challenges faced by both specialized and regular armed forces when deployed in austere locations around the world be used. 7000 units is a significant milestone and particularly gratifying in our 20th anniversary year. It also shows that SlingShot is proving to be a winning capability, and part of its success is the fact that it’s truly “plug and play” to convert any operational converter tactical radio system into a BLOS and COTM satellite communications system with minimal training.”