13 January 2020
Advantech receives orders worth $2m for GaN-based Engage Class FlyAway military-grade SatCom terminals
Advantech Wireless Technologies Inc of Montreal, Canada (which manufactures satellite, RF equipment and microwave broadband communications systems) has received over $2m in orders of its satellite communication (SatCom) Engage Class 1.2m and 2.4m FlyAway SatCom Terminal from a NATO member country.
The flexible and transportable satellite terminal is a fully integrated tri-band system designed for strategic applications, easy deployment and operation under harsh environmental conditions. It is based on high-efficiency, ruggedized tri-band-ready 1.2m and 2.4m Flyaway Antennas that can cover the X-band, Ku-band or Ka-band by replacing the feed only. The antenna is fully motorized, with an integrated satellite finding controller. The RF section includes Advantech’s gallium nitride (GaN)-based technology solid-state power amplifiers (SSPAs)/block-upconverters (SSPAs/BUCs), with power output in the X-band from 20W to 100W, Ku-band from 16W to 125W, and Ka-band from 10W to 40W. The entire SatCom terminal has been tested for the highest level of performance and compliance with military requirements.
“These advanced satellite terminals include state-of-the-art digital and RF technology,” says says Cristi Damian, VP business development at Advantech Wireless Technologies. “Within a completely modular and integrated solution, the terminals can uplink two independent carriers (up to 50Mbps each), allowing simultaneous communication with both upper and lower echelon,” he adds. “These systems have been part of a complex modernization program for this active NATO member, and have already been deployed in the field since 2017.”