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DataPath Introduces Fly-Away Satellite Terminal for U.S. Military's Wideband Global SATCOM System

Jun 05, 2008 (08:06 AM EDT)
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DULUTH, Ga., June 5 /PRNewswire/ -- DataPath, Inc., a leading provider of satellite and wireless communications networks around the world, has launched the DataPath V-SNAP Fly-Away multi-band SATCOM terminal as part of its continued focus on developing systems that leverage the U.S. military's newly deployed Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) system. The DataPath V-SNAP Fly-Away can be used as a cost-effective, WGS-compatible replacement for existing U.S. military AN/-60 terminals.

The WGS system supports U.S. military operations worldwide by supplementing commercial Ku band capability with X and Ka band capability. The DataPath V-SNAP Fly-Away provides warfighters the flexibility to use WGS and other military and commercial SATCOM networks to rapidly establish high-bandwidth, everything-over-IP (EoIP) communications capability virtually anywhere.

This expeditionary terminal is the latest innovation to the proven line of DataPath fly-away SATCOM terminals deployed by the U.S. military to provide fast-moving, forward-operating forces with robust communications capabilities. Currently, DataPath fly-away terminals are used by U.S. military forces around the world, including: the U.S. Marine Corps for the global Support Wide Area Network program; the U.S. Army Stryker Brigade and U.S. military Provisional Reconstruction Teams in Afghanistan; and the U.S. Army National Guard for its domestic nationwide Joint Incident Site Communications Capability (JISCC) program.

"Supporting the information-enabled warfighter's need for media-rich applications and high-bandwidth connectivity in the field is our business, and we are working on a number of fronts to help the U.S. military fully leverage the WGS constellation," said Steve Lindeman, vice president and general manager of DataPath Integrated Solutions. "Our solutions range from the V-SNAP terminal to solutions for larger SATCOM systems and hub trucks. With our field support teams on-site with U.S. military units around the world, we can rapidly deploy WGS-compatible systems and deliver benefits quickly."

The DataPath V-SNAP Fly-Away adds to the company's WGS-compatible solutions that also include:

- Ka band conversion kits for hundreds of deployed DataPath Satellite Transportable Terminals (STTs) and Unit Hub SATCOM Trucks (UHSTs). - The MaxView(R) Network Management System, software that has been selected to provide advanced network control for the U.S. Army's Ka Band Satellite Transmit and Receive Systems (Ka-STARS) program. Features and benefits of the DataPath V-SNAP Fly-Away - WGS-compatible: tri-band ready for WGS Ka and X bands as well as commercial Ku band to maximize available bandwidth. WGS certification is expected in early 2009. - Cost-effective: works with current the baseband infrastructure of the AN/USC-60 so that only RF equipment needs to be replaced when upgrading to the DataPath system. - EoIP architecture: supports IP-based high-capacity SIPRNet and NIPRNet networks. - High-bandwidth capability: delivers up to 50 Mbps back-haul and live reach-back connectivity. - Highly compact and portable: 1.2 and 2.0 meter designs require only two people to lift and can be transported by a HMMWV or helicopter. - Easy to use and set-up: 20 minutes to satellite acquisition. - Interoperable: designed to work with existing U.S. military Joint Network Node (JNN)/Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) and Deployable Ku Band Earth Terminal (DKET) networks.

The DataPath V-SNAP (VSAT SIPR/NIPR Access Point Portable) Fly-Away is available via the company's General Services Administration (GSA) IT Schedule 70 contract, number GS-35F-0424T, for quick and easy procurement. For more information, please visit www.datapath.com/GSA .

About DataPath, Inc.

DataPath is a global leader in creating satellite-based network solutions that solve customers' toughest communications challenges. We specialize in enabling highly complex, video-intensive communications networks that are critical to the operations of military, civilian government and commercial organizations. Even in the most urgent time frames and extreme conditions, we establish and maintain communications anywhere and deliver total network control through our communications solutions, MaxView(R) network control software and comprehensive services. SWE-DISH Satellite Systems AB, a Stockholm-based, global leader in the design and manufacture of mobile satellite communications systems, is a wholly owned subsidiary. DataPath is headquartered in Duluth, Ga., U.S.A. and operates via more than two dozen offices and distributor locations around the world. For more information, visit www.datapath.com .

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