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Army boosts satellite communications in Afghanistan, Iraq

The Army is providing mobile satellite communication systems featuring WANscaler accelerator technology from Citrix Systems to soldiers in the field to optimize communications between combat teams in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Army project manager for the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Commercial Satellite Terminal Program is funding the system through the Army's $5 billion World-Wide Satellite Systems contract vehicle. The order includes options for approximately 1,500 deployable satellite communication terminals and supporting equipment in various sizes and configurations over the next few years, along with as many as 30 field support personnel.

The terminals support Ku-, Ka- and X-band frequencies, with L-band service available. WANScaler accelerates performance by an average of five to 30 times and automatically optimizes traffic loads. It supports Space Communication Protocol Standards and improves delivery of LandWarNet to soldiers. The system reduces the need to build more satellites to improve frontline communications as well as provide faster communication for combat teams.

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Kathleen Hickey is a freelance writer for GCN.


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