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Marine Corps Eyes Updated Medium SATCOM Platform to Support Beyond-Line-of-Sight Communications

A Marine Corps Systems Command-led team looks to update a medium satellite communications system to create and offer a modernized beyond-line-of-sight communications capacity.

The U.S. Marine Corps said Thursday the Very Small Aperture Terminal family of systems covers expeditionary, small, medium and large platforms that support data, video and voice applications as well as intelligence and logistics information exchange.

The report noted the Marine Corps looks to make the VSAT-medium platform smaller for breakdown, deployment, transportation and setup purposes.

“The terminals support Marine Air-Ground Task Force operations by providing an integrated, secure, reliable, long-range and rapidly deployable communications capability that complements existing military networks and is capable of supporting large numbers of geographically dispersed users,” said Maj. Andrew Konicki, a satellite communications team lead at the Marine Corps Systems Command Program Management Office.

The Marine Corps issued a request for information for a VSAT-medium replacement in October; and Konicki noted the service branch plans to release a request for proposals within the third quarter of fiscal 2018.

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