Airborne ISR Communications

Intelsat General is a leading supplier of global satellite solutions to support the use of manned and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for critical military operations such as airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR). The unprecedented growth of these platforms as well as the increased sophistication of bandwidth-hungry applications such as Full Motion Video and multi-spectral imagery require the most advanced communications networks in the world.

As a trusted partner to the U.S. and NATO governments, we are dedicated to the future of these growing mission-critical applications to meet the needs of Homeland Security and other agencies by continuously developing new satellite capabilities and technologies. Our newest generation of high-throughput satellites, Intelsat EpicNG,  enables links to/from these airframes that are two to three times more efficient than on traditional widebeam satellites using antennas as small as six inches (UAVs).

We provide:

  • Ku-band capacity for communications on Predator and Global Hawk UAVs, Class III UAVs as well as manned aircraft flying ISR missions
  • High-bandwidth backhaul for the data collected during these critical manned and unmanned missions

Solutions to accommodate UAV operations

Triton RPA

Mq-C4 Triton RPA

  • Support for high-data-rate communications as well as command and control links
  • Support for Full Motion and High Definition Video
  • Support of operations globally
  • Extended multi-year contracts for regional operations
  • Unique wideband channelization to support simultaneous UAV missions
  • High data rates using sub-1 meter antennas
  • Support littoral water operations extending more than 300 nautical miles out to sea
  • Ku, Ka and X-band solutions available
  • Solutions for homeland security, emergency response and disaster recovery operations as well as new applications such as agriculture and pipeline surveys

Solutions tailored to manned ISR operations

  • Support for high-data-rate uplinks from sub 1m antennas
  • Capacity for single channels and full transponders for network operations
  • Shared networks with redundant backhaul to commercial PoPs or the DISN
  • Private networks tailored to specific user’s needs
  • Ku, Ka, and X-band solutions available
  • Integration support to COTM land, sea, airborne and manpack operations
  • Solutions for a full suite of en-route communications for Command leadership

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