Rockwell Collins, a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative communications and aviation electronic solutions, completed a major investment this year with the acquisition of DataPath, a provider of SATCOM networks for the military, disaster relief operations, intelligence agencies and commercial broadcasters. Rockwell Collins installs, operates and maintains its SATCOM products and networks around the world, including more than 300 field service technicians embedded at U.S. military bases around the world.
DataPath and its wholly-owned subsidiary, SWE-DISH, provide a complete range of satellite and wireless systems that enable high-bandwidth connectivity anywhere. Solutions include rugged manpack, fly-away, towable, vehicle-based, transportable, teleport and on-the-move systems integrated with complementary technologies such as wireless, cellular, video, data and software. Their contribution includes more than 1,600 SATCOM terminals installed in over 80 locations around the world and solutions deployed to every continent, including Antarctica.
Rockwell Collins Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence (C3I) solutions business, which provides these SATCOM capabilities, is responsible for developing products and systems that enable decision and information superiority. These products and systems include advanced communications and mission system applications and technologies encompassing electronic warfare, information assurance and networking.
The DataPath acquisition adds capabilities in the following areas:
Rockwell Collins designs and delivers high bandwidth SATCOM networks that connect frontline warfighters to command and control and even to regional and global resources with interoperable, flexible and rugged everything-over-Internet Protocol (EoIP) communications systems. These communications networks and video applications allow for the collecting, analyzing, distributing and acting on intelligence from resources around the world and on the battlefield, including Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Communications On-The-Move (COTM) systems and forward-operating units. Some of the networks Rockwell Collins has built and serviced include:
The U.S. Armys Joint Network Node (JNN)/Win-T program The U.S. Marine Corps Support Wide Area Network (SWAN) U.S. Central Commands Deployable Ku & Ka Earth Terminal (DKET) network The Defense Information Systems Agencys (DISA) global teleport system
Communications On-the-Move (COTM)
As a leading systems integrator providing everything-over-IP capability for the U.S. military, Rockwell Collins delivers a wide range of advanced COTM capabilities. These solutions, which support mobile network-centric warfare and first responders, include:
A system that fits into a standard SINCGARS mount and bridges Ultra High Frequency (UHF) and SATCOM, providing mobile, beyond-line-of-sight communications capabilities;
a rack-mounted system that integrates satellite, wireless and cellular systems with applications for Video TeleConferencing (VTC), Global Positioning System (GPS) mapping, and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) to extend the edge of the traditional SATCOM network. This system is being used by the U.S. military in Iraq today. Plus, theres the breakthrough technology for maritime applications based on a stabilized four-axis antenna which can provide impressive uplink data rates, global availability and interoperability; uses spreading and non-spreading waveforms to maximize deployment capability and operates with all existing fixed-site super high-frequency systems
Rockwell Collins SATCOM terminals were deployed with the U.S. Army National Guard and federal, state and local agencies for Hurricane Katrina. SWE-DISH satellite systems were used in support of disaster relief efforts in Southeast Asia after the tsunami in 2004. Rockwell Collins is also the prime contractor for the National Guards Joint Incident Site Communications Capability (JISCC) program, which provides nationwide incident site command and control capability. These customized solutions integrate IP-based SATCOM, wireless, cellular, land mobile radio, telephony and video teleconferencing applications.
Network Management and Control
Rockwell Collins MaxView® network management software ensures the flow of information essential to military and government agencies in remote areas of the world and allows for local control and central command.
Ultra Portable SATCOM
Rockwell Collins delivers highly compact, easy-to-use and quick-to-air SATCOM terminals for special operations teams, first responders and commercial broadcasters. These include the miSAT-X manpack terminal and CommuniCase Technology (CCT), including the CCT 90 and CCT 120 Suitcase® terminals. CCT is a common, modular architecture that includes products which feature swappable modules, including modems and transceivers.