Spectra Group, a specialist supplier of safe voice, information and satellite tv for pc communications techniques, in partnership with Inmarsat, is enabling strategic communications for the UK peacekeeping mission in Mali (Op Newcombe) with its award-winning SlingShot satellite tv for pc communications system. This announcement coincides with Eurosatory going down 13-17 June in Paris. Spectra Group’s SlingShot is on show on the AADS stand (Corridor 5A Sales space No F-668) fitted to a protected AADS J8 Command Automobile to display this totally built-in satellite tv for pc communications functionality. Winner of the Queen’s Award for Innovation in 2019, the SlingShot system just isn’t solely low in dimension, weight and energy however revolutionary, as a result of it may be built-in with present in-service UHF and VHF tactical communications techniques. So, with minimal coaching and funding, you’ll be able to prolong radio vary from 30 km to 1000(+) km and ship true Past Line of Sight (BLOS) and Communications on the Transfer (COTM) on all platforms and in all circumstances with one system.

Simon Davies, CEO of Spectra Group, mentioned, “We’re immensely proud that SlingShot is described by our customers as a battle-winning functionality, and in how profitable it has been in fixing the communications challenges confronted by each specialist and common forces. It’s actually plugged and play, changing any in-service tactical radio system right into a BLOS and COTM satellite tv for pc communications system, with minimal coaching, in order that customers can totally give attention to the duty in hand.”


A soldier deployed in Mali mentioned “Operations in Mali are extraordinarily demanding as a result of harsh local weather, rebel menace and enormous distances to be lined over tough terrain. Nevertheless, utilizing SlingShot to transform current tactical radios into long-range safe sat comms for voice and information has given us the boldness to give attention to delivering our main mission.”

Slingshot Satellite tv for pc Communication fitted to Supacat Jackal 2 deployed in Mali

Op Newcombe is the UK contribution to the United Nations Multidimensional Built-in Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) and is in assist of UK Defence Precedence End result 3 – Improve international safety by means of persistent engagement and response to crises. Since October 2020, the UK has deployed a long-range reconnaissance process group, utilizing the Supacat Jackal 2 reconnaissance car, to supply detailed reconnaissance data to the UN mission, to boost safety for the Mali inhabitants and deter rebel exercise. SlingShot was developed for and is utilized by specialist forces globally and is operationally confirmed in typical eventualities. As such, it’s effectively suited to the calls for of long-range reconnaissance in Mali, the place personnel are deployed in distant areas. Using such modern expertise as SlingShot additionally completely aligns with the UK’s Defence Strategic Enabler Goal 2 – Use of Innovation, Expertise and Information.

Along with strong BLOS voice functionality, SlingShot has adequate bandwidth to hold vital information to assist important functions reminiscent of: Situational Consciousness instruments; GPS monitoring; reporting and different information messaging with out the necessity for a ground-based line-of-sight re-broadcasting structure. Lastly, SlingShot’s omnidirectional antennas present manpack, land, sea and air platforms with real-time COTM, relatively than having to be static, as skilled with conventional TACSAT techniques. These capabilities mix to supply a “battle-winning” strategic enabler for UK forces deployed in assist of UK Defence targets, whereas additionally showcasing British innovation and expertise to international defence markets.