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Commtact secures new contract
Commtact has secured a contract to supply its E-MDLS family of enhanced mini data link solutions to a prime contractor for a major Asian defence programme, the company announced on 7 January.
The company will deliver over 2000 advanced airborne and ground data link segments for tactical drones and fixed-wing UAVs, enabling secure real-time wideband communications including video streaming.
The contract includes the supply of several different versions of airborne transceivers, equipped with Commtact’s algorithm that enables robust and versatile operation at various ranges. The transceivers ‒ which include a multiple-antenna array ‒ allow automatic optimal switching between antennas. This facilitates flexible and immediate transitions between different polarisations in order to maintain optimal data link connectivity throughout the different stages of the mission.
Additional ground-ruggedised IP67 segments for tactical use will be supplied to allow simple and quick deployment for different operational scenarios while maintaining a high level of operational flexibility. For long-range operations, Commtact will provide advanced auto tracking systems.
Ariel Kandel, CEO, Commtact, said: ‘We are extremely proud to be selected as the unmanned data link supplier for this unique, significant programme. Signing a long-term contract with a globally-recognised defense contractor is a major milestone for Commtact.’
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