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GA-ASI demos UAS communications pod

30th September 2016 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has successfully demonstrated the ability of its Network Centric Communications Pod’s (NCCP) to provide a robust communications data link. The demo took place at an exercise held at the US Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in California, the company announced on 27 September.

During the demo, the NCCP successfully provided a robust communications data link between a company-owned Predator B Block 5 UAS and USMC ground and air forces. 

The pod provided adaptive networking wideband waveform (ANW2) retransmissions and tactical targeting network technology availability. At the same time, it provided C-band remote operational video enhanced receiver full-motion video to users in the field equipped with a range of advanced and basic communications systems. 

By expanding the communications networks, air and ground users benefitted from enhanced situational awareness and an improved ability to share information around the battlefield.

Video data and imagery captured by the UAS was also transmitted to Camp Pendleton's Battle Simulation Center, enhacing the USMC's intelligence analysis and targeting in the area of operations.
The NCCP has been developed to enhance and extend long-range communications, providing a medium-altitude gateway for airborne and ground communications networks systems that enables digital interoperability and connectivity for advantaged and disadvantaged users. 
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