UltiSat to provide Ku bandwidth for USPACOM's UAV


US-based satellite communications service provider UltiSat has secured a COMSATCOM task order to supply Ku bandwidth for United States Pacific Command's (USPACOM) unmanned air vehicle (UAV) operations and training.

Awarded by the US Defense Information Systems Agency Defense Information Technology Contracting Organisation (DISA-DITCO), the contract will see the company provide Ku bandwidth capacity for Global Hawk (GH) UAV.

Under the $4.1m deal, the company will support GH Ku-band earth terminals and Tri-band Tactical Field Terminals (TTFT) located at Kadena Air Base (AB), Okinawa, Japan, as well as a GH UAV based at Andersen Air Force Base (AFB), Guam.

"Awards similar to this most recent CTC will allow us to manage and support end-to-end satellite communications solutions for our government customers in the demanding market of airborne ISR."

UltiSat Government Solutions senior vice-president Amy Gwinn said: "UltiSat provides a diversified portfolio of complex services and solutions to the government sector.

"Awards similar to this most recent CTC will allow us to manage and support end-to-end satellite communications solutions for our government customers in the demanding market of airborne ISR."

The Global Hawk UAV is designed to provide field commanders with high-resolution, near real-time imagery of large geographic areas in support of military, humanitarian and environmental missions.

Powered by an Allison Rolls-Royce AE3007H turbofan engine, the drone enables commanders to detect moving or stationary targets on the ground, while providing airborne communications and information sharing capabilities to military units in harsh environments.

Gwinn added: "This will help advance the overall mission for the warfighter and provide cost-effectiveness in the long run.

"We look forward to building on the valued relationship we share with our DISA and USPACOM customers."

The company claims to have supported the US Government and other federal agencies in securing safe network solutions in the past.