Whereas VHF/UHF/HF only permit limited ranges or bandwidths, modern SATCOM systems offer broadband services at any location. Highly mobile Satcom on the Move (SOTM), i.e. systems integrated on the vehicle, ensure 1-2 Mbit/s broadband communication during a journey.
Interference can endanger this communication. Interfering with enemy communications is a highly effective method to ensure one’s own information superiority and significantly impede the ability of the enemy to act.
This illustrates how vulnerable radio networks are and important the corresponding protection through so-called Electronic Counter Counter Measure (ECCM) capability is, .e. it protects one’s own communication systems against interference attacks. A suitable, powerful, tactical communication medium for MoTaKo is Synaps.
In remote deployment regions broadband communication can only be guaranteed using SATCOM. SOTM as a link in this chain is particularly interference-prone here, because, unlike with VHF/UHF/HE systems, here the interference can be introduced from a safe distance.
The currently used “System 21” developed jointly with NATO offers the necessary interference resistance (resilience) to guarantee robust communications across all links (systems) of the chain. The system is characterised by the latest Electronic Protective Measures (EPM), such as interference-resistant waveforms and simultaneous high data rates (up to 34 Mbit/s), high interference resistance through Frequency Hopping, TRANSEC/NETSEC/COMSEC and the use of flexible modulation methods. The system is currently used by 16 NATO countries. Globally, 800 Thales SATCOM systems are in use.
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