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Portable Ku-Band Ground Data Terminal Antenna System from TECOM

30th July 2009 - 14:59 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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TECOM Industries, a Smiths Interconnect business, today announces the commercial launch of the GDT-2100 Ku-Band Ground Data Terminal Antenna (GDT) System.

The GDT-2100 is a military-grade, lightweight portable tracking antenna system for ground-based Ku-band data link transmit and receive communication that is currently in active service by US forces in overseas operations.

This standard COTS system comprises a 4-foot antenna, Ku-Band feed, two-axis positioner, integrated control system, tripod mounting base and transit cases.  The positioner features continuous azimuth travel and highly effective tracking using pointing commands derived from GPS position information. RF beam autotrack configurations are available for applications where GPS position information is not available.

Used by mobile ground forces to exchange imagery and data from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) utilizing CDL (Common Data Link) or other Ku-Band data links, the GDT-2100 also supports data link relay, and UAV command and control missions.

To date, several hundred GDT-2100 and variant systems have been fielded to support multiple UAV platforms.

This ruggedised, portable system offers reliable field-proven performance, at a low cost.  In addition to future military UAV applications, the GDT-2100 is an affordable solution for non-military UAV missions such as disaster monitoring, border surveillance, drug interdiction, and law enforcement.  Delivery times are typically significantly less than industry standard.

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