Cubic’s GATR satellite antenna system receives approval for full rate production
Cubic Corporation of San Diego, CA announced on January 16 that its Cubic Mission Solutions (CMS) business division’s GATR satellite antenna systems will proceed to full rate production (FRP) for the U.S. Army’s Transportable Tactical Command Communications (T2C2) program. T2C2 was granted approval for FRP as a result of the T2C2 Full Rate Production Milestone review. The FRP decision will enable the Army’s program office to procure and field Cubic’s GATR satellite antenna systems to Army units.
“Our team has worked very hard to ensure that our GATR satellite systems offer transportability, high-bandwidth capabilities and ease of set up for Army units as they go into battle,” said Mike Twyman, president of Cubic Mission Solutions. “Our expeditionary solutions will provide confidence and peace of mind for our customers’ next missions. We are proud to continue our work with the U.S. Army on T2C2 to ensure its mission readiness now and into the future.”
The GATR 1.2-meter and 2.4-meter inflatable satellite terminals provide high-bandwidth network communications and mission command for initial entry and sustained forward operations. Its compact size and innovative design provides significant improvements in transportability, bandwidth and set up speed, providing essential communications when and where they are needed most. The GATR satellite antenna system’s inflatable feature allows it to provide a larger dish size in similar transit volume and weight compared to a traditional rigid dish, with increased capability and bandwidth efficiency.
Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska supported the successful T2C2 operational test in March 2017 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. The Army plans to begin fielding T2C2 immediately, with a brigade from the 82nd Airborne Division to be the first unit equipped.