Portable Ku-Band Ground Data Terminal Antenna System from TECOM

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Field-proven Portable Ku-Band UAV data link terminal from TECOM offers low-cost solution for future military and homeland security UAV requirements. The GDT-2100 is a military-grade, lightweight portable tracking antenna system for ground-based Ku-band data link transmit and receive communication that is currently in active service by US forces in overseas operations.

TECOM Industries, Inc., a Smiths Interconnect business, today announces the commercial launch of the GDT-2100 Ku-Band Ground Data Terminal Antenna (GDT) System. The GDT-2100 is a military-grade, lightweight portable tracking antenna system for ground-based Ku-band data link transmit and receive communication that is currently in active service by US forces in overseas operations.

This standard COTS system comprises a 4-foot antenna, Ku-Band feed, two-axis positioner, integrated control system, tripod mounting base and transit cases. The positioner features continuous azimuth travel and highly effective tracking using pointing commands derived from GPS position information. RF beam autotrack configurations are available for applications where GPS position information is not available.

Used by mobile ground forces to exchange imagery and data from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) utilizing CDL (Common Data Link) or other Ku-Band data links, the GDT-2100 also supports data link relay, and UAV command and control missions.

To date, several hundred GDT-2100 and variant systems have been fielded to support multiple UAV platforms. This ruggedized, portable system offers reliable field-proven performance, at a low cost. In addition to future military UAV applications, the GDT-2100 is an affordable solution for non-military UAV missions such as disaster monitoring, border surveillance, drug interdiction, and law enforcement. Delivery times are typically significantly less than industry standard.

The GDT-2100 can be seen at the AUVSI Unmanned Systems North America 2009 in Washington DC on August 10-13 at the TECOM booth #1027. Detailed specifications and literature is available at http://www.tecom-ind.com.

About TECOM Industries, Inc.
TECOM Industries, Inc., part of Smiths Interconnect, is a leader in innovative design and manufacturing of high performance antennas and antenna systems for aerospace, defense and commercial wireless applications. TECOM's antenna systems meet challenging RF requirements in telemetry, electronic warfare and broadband communications in the most demanding and severe environments. As a key partner to customers, the TECOM team is adept at development and production of high volume antenna systems with excellent quality, reliability and on-time delivery. TECOM is headquartered in Thousand Oaks, CA. For more information about TECOM, visit our web site at http://www.TECOM-ind.com.

About Smiths Interconnect
Smiths Interconnect http://www.smithsinterconnect.com is a leading provider of specialised electronic and radio frequency products for the wireless telecommunications, aerospace, defence, and medical markets. It is part of Smiths Group http://www.smiths.com, a global leader in applying advanced technologies for markets in threat and contraband detection, energy, medical devices, communications and engineered components. Smiths Group employs around 22,000 people in more than 50 countries.

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