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Australia fields trailer-mounted SATCOM

20th May 2021 - 03:37 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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A Hawkei tows a trailer-mounted SATCOM system developed by Boeing. (Boeing Defence Australia)

The Australian Army's communications upgrade continues with the release of SATCOM terminals mounted on trailers.

Australia’s Department of Defence has accepted the first trailer-mounted SATCOM terminals with 2.5m-diameter satellite dishes from Boeing Defence Australia (BDA).

A total of 24 Medium SATCOM Terminals (MST) will be deployed to the Australian Army’s three combat signal regiments, as well as the Defence Force School of Signals and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

BDA claimed these rapidly deployable MSTs are ‘the only secure SATCOM system of its size with dual-band certification for the military’s Wideband Global SATCOM X and Ka bands, in addition to the civilian Ku band’.

Ian Vett, BDA’s Project Currawong director, stated: ‘The MST is …

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