Spectra Group (UK) Ltd to exhibit SlingShot tactical communications system for the first time at IDEX 2019

Spectra Group (UK) Ltd is an internationally renowned specialist provider of secure voice, data and satellite communications systems, specifically optimized for use in remote and challenging environments. Following significant interest from the Middle East and Asia, particularly regarding their battle-winning SlingShot tactical communications system, Spectra Group (UK) Ltd will this year be exhibiting at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference, IDEX, for the first time.

IDEX is the only international defence exhibition and conference in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region and takes place 17-21 February 2019 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC). IDEX showcases the latest technology across land, sea and air sectors of defence, providing a strategically important opportunity for Spectra to exhibit their unique SlingShot tactical communications system. Spectra Group (UK) Ltd will be located at stand number 05-C03 in the British Pavilion.

Spectra’s SlingShot is a small appliqué that provides in-service tactical VHF and UHF radios with a Beyond Line of Sight Communications on The Move capability (BLOS COTM). In addition to standard voice and data C2, SlingShot can facilitate a wide range of capabilities such as remote biometric analysis, fire mission planning, remote tracking, border security and inter-agency operations. Man-portable or vehicle-borne (land sea and air), useable on the move, delivering flexible channel leasing and with minimal increase in training-burden, SlingShot redefines tactical communication capabilities.

Recent world-wide exhibits of SlingShot have been met with substantial international interest. Considerable excitement has been generated over SlingShot’s capability to significantly extend the range of in-service tactical radio systems, without the need for users to buy new radio systems, carry additional bulky equipment or conduct extensive additional training.

Simon Davies, CEO of Spectra Group said: “Spectra is very excited to be exhibiting for the first time at IDEX 2019. We intend to maximize this fantastic opportunity to establish and deepen relationships with Partners, regional government departments, defence and security agencies and international businesses.” He added, “We are especially delighted to be able to exhibit SlingShot in the MENA region as a further opportunity to follow up on the significant amount of interest that has already been generated in the system.”

Spectra will be showcasing the SlingShot tactical communications system on Stand 05-C03 in the British Pavilion.

Spectra Group’s SlingShot selected to participate in US Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiments (AEWE 2019)

Spectra Group is an internationally renowned specialist provider of secure voice, data and satellite communications systems, specifically optimized for use in remote and challenging environments, with offices in UK and USA. Following recent contract successes in the US, particularly with their battle-winning SlingShot tactical communications system, Spectra Group (US) Inc has been selected by the US DoD to take part in the 2019 Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiments (AEWE 2019) at Fort Benning.

The Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment (AEWE) is the US Army’s premier venue for small unit modernization, providing capability developers, the Science and Technology (S&T) community, and industry with a repeatable, credible, rigorous, and validated operational experiment, supporting both concept and material development. The AEWE is an annual campaign of experimentation to place cutting edge prototype technologies into the hands of Soldiers to solve small unit tactical problems. The Manoeuvre Battle Lab, as part of the Army Futures Command (AFC), executes AEWE to accelerate near and midterm Army modernization and provide bottom up input to capability development, by providing early and iterative feedback on prototypes in a tactical setting. AEWE is the “first step” of a larger Army and Joint Experimentation enterprise.

Being demonstrated at AEWE, Spectra’s SlingShot adds voice and data BLOS COTM (Beyond Line of Sight Communications On The Move) to in-service tactical VHF and UHF radios. In addition to standard voice and data C2, it can enable capabilities such as remote biometric analysis, fire mission planning, tracking and inter-agency operations. Man-portable, vehicle, maritime or aviation-borne, useable on the move, delivering flexible channel leasing and with minimal increase in training-burden, SlingShot redefines tactical communication capabilities.

Simon Davies, President of Spectra Group said: “It’s an important and prestigious step for Spectra Group to be selected to take part in the US AEWE 2019. Our SlingShot system is already in service with the world’s premier specialist forces and it has been battle-proven on multiple occasions”. He added: “I am confident that AEWE will provide an excellent opportunity to show case SlingShot’s unique, widespread, operational capability which is attracting increasing attention from the Security Force Assistance Brigades, Brigade Combat Teams, FORSCOM, and indeed USMC and NG”.

Spectra Group Expand Into US with the Opening of New Spectra Group (US) Office in Fairfax County, VA

Spectra Group (UK) Ltd is an internationally renowned specialist provider of secure voice, data and satellite communications systems, specifically optimized for use in remote and challenging environments. Following recent contract successes in the USA, particularly with their battle-winning SlingShot tactical communications system, Spectra Group (UK) Ltd will be establishing Spectra Group (US) Inc in new offices in Fairfax County in Oct 2018. The opening of this new office is to coincide with Spectra (US) exhibiting at AUSA in Washington, 8-10 Oct 2018.

By establishing a permanent presence in the USA, Spectra Group will be able to guarantee closer product support to their existing partners in North America, as well as dedicated product and service support directly to the end-user. Spectra Group aspire to expand their already significant international sales into new sectors not currently covered by existing US partners; a particularly exciting development as, globally, the USA offers the largest Defense, Emergency Response and Homeland Security market.

Spectra’s SlingShot adds voice and data BLOS COTM (Beyond Line of Sight Communications On The Move) to in-service tactical VHF and UHF radios. In addition to standard voice and data C2, it can enable capabilities such as remote biometric analysis, fire mission planning, tracking and inter-agency operations. Man-portable or vehicle-borne, useable on the move, delivering flexible channel leasing and with minimal increase in training-burden, SlingShot redefines tactical communication capabilities.

Recent world-wide exhibits of SlingShot at Africa Endeavour (Cape Verde), Land Forces (Australia), DVD (UK) and Global SOF (Spain) have been met with considerable international interest. Spectra will be following this up with attendance at AUSA, Washington (8th -10th Oct) and Africa Security Symposium, Dakar (7th – 9th Nov).

The launch of Spectra Group (US) Inc in North America will be formally announced at a press briefing taking place at AUSA on Tue 9th Oct. Spectra Group (US) Inc can be found at Booth 3138.

Simon Davies, CEO of Spectra Group said: “Spectra is very excited to be able to announce the opening of an office in Fairfax County. This welcome expansion of our business profile will enable us to forge even closer links with our existing partners and end-users in North America, as well as looking ahead to develop wider markets in the region.”

Spectra reaches new global audiences with SlingShot

Spectra Group (UK) Ltd, world leading provider of high-grade information security and communication capabilities, is connecting with wider global markets over the next few months, with their ground-breaking SlingShot satellite communications systems.

Following on from their recent contract successes in UK and USA, Spectra Group are responding to increasing market interest by supporting their local sales partners and exhibiting at a selection of key global events including: GlobalSOF, Madrid (25th – 27th Sept), Booth 4; AUSA, Washington (8th -10th ) Oct, stand number 3138 and Africa Security Symposium, Dakar (7th – 9th Nov). These events succeed Spectra’s recent attendance at Africa Endeavour (Cape Verde), Land Forces (Australia) and DVD (UK) where there was a considerable amount of interest shown in the capabilities Spectra are able to offer.

SlingShot is a unique system that enables UHF and VHF radios to work on L-Band Satellite frequency, allowing users to instantly extend the range of their communications equipment to BLOS (Beyond Line of Sight). Conceived and designed to meet demanding Special Forces requirements, SlingShot also offers a significant number of benefits for conventional forces, intelligence agencies and border patrols requiring secure, reliable and robust Communications On The Move (COTM) over great distances. Over 3000 SlingShot systems are in operation world-wide, used by 18 different organisations, including several NATO countries, as Manpack, Vehicle, Maritime and Aviation fits.

In addition to voice, SlingShot enables low latency data capability, supporting mission-critical applications such as artillery fire missions, situational awareness and biometric analysis. With reduced cost compared to traditional TACSAT, increased channel availability, and almost no increase in the training requirement, SlingShot is redefining tactical communications. Spectra currently has a strategic relationships with Inmarsat, whose L-TAC™ service exclusively uses SlingShot.

If you would like to arrange an appointment at any of the future events listed, please do get in touch with the team here at Spectra Group. We’d be very happy to help.

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Spectra exhibit their revolutionary SlingShot communications equipment at DVD 2018

Spectra Group (UK) Ltd, world leading provider of high-grade information security and communication capabilities, will be at the Defence Vehicle Dynamics (DVD) event taking place on 19/20 September 2018 at Millbrook to showcase their revolutionary SlingShot communications system. Working in collaboration with Jankel, SlingShot will be on display in a number of configurations, mounted in Jankel specialist military and civilian vehicles on stand number OR-12.

SlingShot is a unique system that enables UHF and VHF radios to work on L-Band Satellite frequency, allowing users to instantly extend the range of their communications equipment to BLOS (Beyond Line of Sight). Conceived and designed to meet demanding Special Forces requirements, SlingShot also offers a significant number of benefits for conventional and land forces requiring secure, reliable and robust Communications On The Move (COTM). Over 3000 SlingShot systems are in operation world-wide, used by 18 different organisations, including several NATO countries, as Manpack, Vehicle, Maritime and Aviation fits.

In addition to voice, SlingShot enables low latency data capability, supporting mission-critical applications such as artillery fire missions, situational awareness and biometric analysis. With reduced cost compared to traditional TACSAT, increased channel availability, and almost no increase in the training requirement, SlingShot is redefining tactical communications. Spectra has strategic relationships with both Inmarsat, whose L-TAC™ service uses SlingShot, and Airbus, which brands SlingShot as TREx services.

At DVD, the military UHF variant of Spectra’s SlingShot will be exhibited on the Jankel FOX RRV-x, with a standard magmount antenna. The civilian, commercial VHF variant with discrete, low-profile antennas, will be mounted on Jankel’s Toyota-based Civilian Armoured Vehicle (CAV) Land Cruiser 200.

Simon Davies, CEO of Spectra Group said: “Spectra is delighted to be exhibiting SlingShot in collaboration with Jankel. This will allow us to highlight both the military and low-profile variants that will be of interest to any organisations or units that require BLOS COTM capability without drawing attention to their vehicles.”

To see the Spectra SlingShot on display at DVD, visit the Jankel Stand OR-12

Spectra Group announces latest sales figures of the SlingShot BLOS COTM System at Eurosatory 2018

Spectra Group (UK) Ltd, world leading solutions provider of high grade information security and communication capabilities continues to expand its SlingShot business with just over 600 SlingShot systems having been ordered across 4 continents since November 2017. Just over 450 systems have already been delivered with a further 211 orders awaiting completion. Since the system was launched, this brings the total number of systems shipped to over the 3000 mark across 18 different end-users organisations, further endorsing Spectra’s dominant position in the Tactical SATCOM market place.

Spectra’s SlingShot is a unique low SWaP system that enables in-service U/VHF tactical radios to utilise Inmarsat’s commercial satellite network for BLOS COTM. Including omnidirectional antenna for the man, vehicle, maritime and aviation platforms, the tactical net can broadcast over 1000s kilometers between forward units and a rear HQ, no matter how or where the deployment. In addition to C2 voice, the system enables data capability, supporting mission critical applications such as; artillery fire missions, GPS tracking and biometric analysis. With reduced cost compared to traditional TACSAT, increased channel availability and almost no increase in the training burden, SlingShot is redefining tactical communications. Spectra has strategic relationships with both Inmarsat, whose L-TAC™ service uses SlingShot and Airbus, which brands SlingShot as TREx services.

 

Spectra’s SlingShot will be available to view on the Airbus stand Hall 5A stand No. C158 at Eurosatory under the brand name of TREx.

 

Simon Davies, CEO at Spectra Group (UK) Ltd said: “we’re very proud of the figures we’ve announced today that prove, again, that SlingShot is fast becoming the system of choice for use by the world’s finest specialist users” He added: “we’re receiving significant amounts of interest in our products and services from around the globe so having our capabilities show-cased by our partners at Eurosatory 2018 is another fantastic opportunity for visitors to understand the advantages of our systems”.

Spectra Group announces major North American orders at the Satellite 2018 exhibition in Washington D.C.

Spectra Group (UK) Ltd Announces SlingShot® Sales Partnership Extension with Airbus

SlingShot® is a cost-effective solution that enables secure BLOS COTM (Beyond Line Of Sight Communications On The Move) using in-service tactical radios connected to a global commercial satellite network provider.

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Using SlingShot, existing tactical radios can be connected to commercial L-Band SATCOM in order to extend secure Command & Control COTM for UHF and VHF radios BLOS.  Small, lightweight and flexible, SlingShot can be used dismounted or on any transport platform, including fixed wing aircraft and helicopters, extending tactical communications to where it is needed.

With reduced cost compared to other SATCOM BLOS options, increased channel availability and minimal training burden, SlingShot is redefining tactical communications.

“The ability to communicate from anywhere to anywhere is critical in the military environment. As a leading military communications  service provider, it is important for us to have a wide range of solutions in our portfolio to meet all our customers’ needs and requirements. We are pleased to partner with Spectra to offer this unique radio extension capability to complement our already strong portfolio,” said Daz Ware, Head of Sales for UK Land at Airbus

Steff Taylor, Head of Business Development at Spectra said:

“Before the development of SlingShot, military forces and government agencies were limited to line of sight tactical communications on the move.

Slingshot offers dedicated bandwidth for secure communications while creating a BLOS communications network that can extend over thousands of kilometres. This is a capability that Airbus will be able to offer its customers on a wider basis.

We are thrilled to extend our strategic relationship with Airbus.  Working with their worldwide sales team to supply SlingShot, builds on the two years of successful delivery to the UK.  This relationship shows the strength and importance of SlingShot in defence and national security market places.”

Spectra Group will be showing SlingShot for land, sea and air at DSEI, Excel London, September 12th-15th on stand S7-355.


 

What is COTM (Communications on the Move)?

Communications On The Move (COTM) is a term used to describe mobile communications capability, particularly in military applications, with regard to Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) communications.

A vital component for military command and control (C2) is the ability to communicate, share information and provide support for mobile groups of personnel anytime and anywhere.

 

In recent years, engagements have changed. Operations are increasingly asymmetric and non-linear. In order to maximise effectiveness, C2 needs systems that allow rapid response to changes as they occur. Whether the forward units are SOF, conventional or Joint Forces, if they are operating BLOS there needs to be a tactical communications solution to maintain C2. Standard in-service tactical radios, operating in the VHF and UHF frequency ranges, are limited to Line of Sight (LOS) so a solution for BLOS tactical communications is required.

THE UNOBTRUSIVE SLINGSHOT VEHICLE SYSTEM DELIVERS COTM BLOS IN EXCESS OF 130 KPH

Traditionally this has been enabled through the use of ground or airborne repeater stations but these are either expensive to deploy or require defending. Satellite technology is well suited to BLOS as it provides a flexible, reliable and high-capacity service that can cover a large area but, until recently, the antennae were either too large or needed to be pointed at the satellite, which meant pausing.

The basic principle of COTM is that equipment is fitted with an antenna that can establish communication without the need to stop or pause. COTM, Satcom-on-the-Move (SOTM) or satellite communications on the move are seemingly used interchangeably in the satellite industry, however SOTM encompasses all satellite options, including high-bandwidth maritime, land and vehicle options with large, power-hungry antenna.

As demand for better on-the-ground communication continues to increase, users of the latest modern military mobility equipment have begun focusing their attention on implementing the technology in satellite communications (SATCOM) to deliver data to and from hostile environments. To then implement the latest SATCOM technology and to make it militarily and commercially viable has become the challenge for SOTM equipment manufacturers.

When Spectra Group refers to COTM it is very specifically referring to low SWaP (Size, Weight and Power) systems that can be used at speed in any scenario, whether by dismounted personnel or on land, amphibious or airborne vehicles.

To provide a solution to military and commercial organisations with the necessity of communication on the move, Spectra developed Slingshot®.

SlingShot converts existing UHF and VHF tactical radios into devices capable of SATCOM. The SlingShot system is predominantly a pair of attachments that can be deployed quickly alongside existing equipment, providing a low cost (as new equipment does not need to be purchased, nor do operators require extensive retraining) solution that provides battle winning results.