The Future of Defence: A Glimpse into Tactical Radios, Satellite Connectivity, and More on Display at CANSEC 2024

Introduction

CANSEC 2024 is just around the corner on May 29th and 30th, and we are thrilled to announce our participation again this year at Canada’s largest global defence and security trade show. Every year, CANSEC gathers industry leaders, innovative technology firms, and government officials from around the globe to showcase the latest advancements in security and defence solutions. As an exhibitor, ROCK Networks is looking forward to demonstrating cutting-edge products and services, including various satellite terminals capable of delivering seamless and reliable connectivity in even the most remote regions. We will also be showcasing tactical radios, drones, and other connectivity solutions, specifically tailored to cater to a range of defence industry needs. Join us at CANSEC 2024, indoors at booth 1911, and discover our display to learn more about what ROCK Networks has to offer to the defence sector!

Satellite Solutions

Satellite systems play a pivotal role in modern communication systems by facilitating reliable data transmission between satellite networks and the Earth. Satellite terminals are essential for providing internet access in even the most remote and underserved areas where traditional broadband infrastructure is either unavailable or economically unfeasible. By leveraging satellites orbiting the Earth, these systems can offer a unique advantage, delivering coverage across vast geographical regions, including oceans and mountainous terrains. Satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), Medium Earth Orbit (MEO), and Geostationary Orbit (GEO) serve distinct purposes. LEO satellites, orbiting up to 2,000 kilometers above Earth, offer high-resolution imaging and low-latency communications. MEO satellites, located between 2,000 and 35,786 kilometers, support global navigation systems like GPS. GEO satellites, at 35,786 kilometers, provide consistent coverage for weather and satellite TV by remaining fixed above the equator. These orbits are designed to optimize various communication and observation technologies. This range of capability is crucial, not only for bridging the digital divide, but for supporting vital applications such as disaster management and secure military communications.

As a leading end-to-end systems integrator in Canada, ROCK takes pride in helping Canada’s defence and security industries leverage premier technology. We provide comprehensive services including installation, training, and continued support to maximize the benefits of satellite connectivity solutions. Additionally, we can customize these solutions to meet the specific requirements of any diverse defence operation.

Hughes HL1120W Terminal

ROCK will be showcasing the HL1120W Hughes LEO Terminal, which represents a significant advancement in satellite communication technology, adapted specifically for operation with the Eutelsat OneWeb Ku-band LEO satellite constellation. Designed to deliver affordable, high-speed, and low-latency communication services, this terminal is equipped with a low-profile Electronically Steered Antenna (ESA) that requires no moving parts, ensuring reliable and maintenance-free operation. Notably, the terminal offers impressive performance metrics, including a peak downlink data rate of 195 Mbps and an uplink data rate of 32 Mbps, all while operating in challenging outdoor environments with temperatures ranging from -40 °C to +55 °C.

The HL1120W is constructed with a durable aluminum chassis, making it lightweight, weather-tight, and easy to install. It is specifically designed for low power consumption and high efficiency, with an outdoor unit that measures 59.7 cm x 82.8 cm x 11.2 cm, weighing 24.0 kg. Additionally, the terminal includes a Wi-Fi 6 router within the indoor unit, offering two GigE LAN ports and a MoCA adapter for enhanced connectivity options. This terminal is ideally suited for various applications, serving users who require constant and reliable internet access everywhere, at all times.

OW70 Terminal

We will also be exhibiting the OW70 Eutelsat OneWeb maritime dual parabolic user terminal, a robust and compact satellite communication system designed specifically for the defence sector. This terminal operates on Eutelsat OneWeb’s LEO satellite network, providing high-speed, low-latency connectivity essential for key communications. Built to withstand tough conditions, the OW70 is weather-resistant and well-suited for use in challenging environments, typical of military and defence activities. The terminal also incorporates advanced tracking technology to maintain a stable and dependable connection, even under severe weather circumstances.

Kymeta Osprey u8

The Kymeta Osprey u8, on display at our booth, stands out as an advanced connectivity solution designed for on-the-move command and control communications at the tactical edge. This state-of-the-art Ku-band flat-panel, electronically steered satellite terminal is highly adaptable and durable, meeting stringent MIL-STD-810 and MIL-STD-1275 standards. It boasts a modular equipment bay and mounting systems, ensuring compatibility with a wide range of combat vehicle systems. The Osprey u8’s antenna requires minimal training to operate due to its mobile, auto-acquire functionality and has no moving parts, which contributes to a lower total cost of ownership and increased reliability.

With multi-orbit and multi-network capabilities, including GEO-LEO-Cellular operations, the Osprey u8 ensures resilient communications even in contested environments. It features a hybrid GEO-LEO (HGL) platform, allowing for flawless switching between geostationary and low-earth-orbit satellite networks. The device’s low power consumption and low-profile integration are designed to increase survivability without compromising performance. Ideal for tactical applications where dependable communication is critical, the Osprey u8 provides a robust solution for modern military and security operations.

Datron Tactical Radios

Tactical radios are essential in defence, enabling secure, reliable, and quick communication in challenging conditions. These devices support military coordination, enhance awareness, and aid command and control. Designed to endure tough environments, they offer encrypted transmissions, which are crucial for mission success and personnel safety. ROCK Networks will have various Datron radios on display at CANSEC for a closer look at how these radios can empower any defence organization.

The HH3100 from Datron, a model from the Spectre M® family of Software Defined Radios (SDRs), is built for demanding tactical communications. It’s a multi-band, wearable system that meets MIL-STD-810G standards for tough environments, supporting a 30 to 512 MHz frequency range. It includes advanced features like ECCM (Electronic Counter-Counter Measures), AES-256 encryption for communications security, and GPS. The HH3100 supports air-to-ground communications and provides high-level security features such as frequency hopping and digital encryption to thwart jamming threats. It integrates with Datron’s Spectre V® family for flexible deployment across various communication setups.

Datron’s PRC7700H, from the Spectre HTM Tactical HF Manpack series, is an advanced, IP-addressable digital HF SDR suitable for diverse settings. It’s versatile for mobile, rack-mounting, or desktop use and adheres to MIL-STD-188-141B for interoperability. The radio covers a 1.5 to 30 MHz range, offers over 280,000 channels, and can operate with up to 25 Watts PEP for extended field use. It features multiple operation modes and an integrated MIL-STD-188-110B modem supporting various data rates. Its robust build meets MIL-STD-810G standards, ensuring reliability in extreme conditions.

The RT7700H High Performance HF SDR Transceiver, designed for voice and data communication across continents, is compatible with the Spectre HTM PRC7700H manpack. It supports Automatic Link Establishment (ALE), interfaces with external Link-11 MODEMs, and allows extensive remote control. With up to 125 Watts of transmission power, the RT7700H is ideal for critical missions requiring dependable, long-range communication.

SureCall Cell Boosters

To accompany the connectivity solutions above, ROCK Networks will be offering a variety of other defence-related products and services built to enhance any military-grade defence operation. SureCall’s Fusion2Go (F2G) cell boosters will be on display as the ultimate solution for maintaining strong and reliable cell phone signals in the midst of defence activity. Optimized for a wide range of vehicles including semi-trucks, work vans, commercial fleets, trailers, off-road vehicles, and RVs, this powerful vehicle cell phone signal booster is equipped with a high-performance exterior truck antenna. It ensures fewer dropped calls, superior call clarity, faster data speeds, and enhanced streaming quality, even in remote areas with weak cellular signals.

Conclusion

CANSEC 2024 provides an exceptional opportunity for defence industry professionals to experience the advanced potential of Datron radios, ROCK’s diverse selection of satellite connectivity solutions, and much more to look forward to at the show! The innovations that we will be displaying are expertly crafted to address the specific needs of defence organizations globally, offering military units the tools to excel in operational efficiency, resilience, and effectiveness through reliable power, robust connectivity, and secure communications.

Take advantage of the chance to explore these transformative technologies, firsthand, at ROCK Networks’ booth. Join us at CANSEC 2024 and discover the power, connectivity, and communication solutions poised to redefine the future of the defence industry. Visit us indoors at booth 1911 or schedule a meeting in advance!

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