Robust BLOS mobile communication augmentation
Inmarsat’s award-winning L-TAC service offers global, satellite-based, beyond line of sight (BLOS) communications on the move (COTM) for UHF and VHF radio users. Using standard tactical radios and field-proven kits from Spectra Group (UK) Limited (SlingShot®), L-TAC (L-band Tactical Satellite) enables users to operate secure voice and data circuits on their existing radios throughout any operating area without requiring additional user-provided terrestrial infrastructure. The service is implemented using a single hop through the Inmarsat-4 satellite system via directly connected L-band uplinks and downlinks, giving users the same experience as Ultra High Frequency (UHF)/ Very High Frequency (VHF) communications, but through a cost-effective L-band satellite channel. The service supports military and civilian operations for several applications, including aviation, vehicle, maritime and manpack. Spectra Group recently introduced a lower-profile, vehicle-mount antenna supporting on-the-move L-TAC operations.
The service offers a combination of reliable voice and data connectivity that is available globally, independently of local infrastructure. It is also quick to set up, providing a fully configured solution, which needs minimal user intervention before deployment.