Military Embedded Systems

Software-defined communications demoed during Navy exercise


May 27, 2021

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Daniel Serianni.

CARLSBAD, Calif. Viasat Inc., a global communications company, demonstrated its cloud-based communications during the Naval Integration in Contested Environments (NICE) Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

The NICE ANTX event, led by the Naval Research & Development Enterprise (NR&DE), invited organizations from across the industry to demonstrate emerging technologies that could be leveraged by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps in support of Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (EABO) and Littoral Operations in Contested Environments (LOCE).

Viasat demonstrated ship-to-shore communications leveraging its Expeditionary Lightweight Integrated Tactical Edge (ELITE) kit and its roll-on/roll-off prototype G-18 Ku/Ka-band antenna to provide satellite communications-on-the-move capability for maritime and ground-based platforms, intended to allow a commander to tailor their command and control (C2) capabilities to the operation's mobility needs.

Viasat also showed its NetAgility Mobile Software Defined Networking (SDN) router, designed to enable resiliency by bonding and aggregating multiple communication pathways for automated traffic routing from the Tactical Operations Center to Small Form Factor sensor integration. Lastly, Viasat showcased the C2 gateway capabilities of the ELITE kit by simulating Link 16 tracks and disseminating them across all nodes in the network and to all dismounted warfighters via multiple Direct Line of Sight (DLOS) radio links.

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