Over the past two years, the satellite industry has witnessed an increased demand across all sectors of the market – especially military, specifically the naval satcom market.

Tracking a narrow satellite beam in geosynchronous orbit 35,000 km away from the oceans’ surface while the ship below rolls and moves through storms and seas is no easy feat. Hence, companies are investing in milsatcom products manufactured by specialists in the maritime industry. Moreover, the data transferred by the navy between vessels, maybe highly classified – so maintaining resilient and secure communications is a necessity. Naval ships of various classes and sizes like destroyers, corvettes or frigates need to be part of a communications system that support vast coalition forces and missions like search and rescue, anti-piracy, peace-keeping etc.  Norsat has strengthened its presence in the naval satcom market by manufacturing products with the most stringent MIL-STD and WGS specifications. A military standard, ‘MIL-STD’, is used to help achieve standardization objectives by the Department of Defense. Such standardization testing helps maintain the quality and functionality of products. It is helpful in achieving interoperability, consistency and logistics systems compatibility.

Norsat’s MarineLink Naval Series are designed to meet the new-age demanding requirements of modern navies as outlined in the following Military Standards:

  • Mechanical Shipboard Vibration: MIL-STD-167-1A
  • High-Impact Shipborne Shock: MIL-STD-901D
  • Military EMI / EMC: MIL-STD-461G

Because of these rigorous and standardized certifications, Norsat is able to provide our military customers with demonstrated, high-capacity communications systems like the MarineLink naval series, designed to perform under even the most extreme maritime environments.

Additionally, the MarineLink Naval series are certified for use on the Military Wideband (WGS), CE0678, Intelsat and Anatel networks. Naval leaders are pressing contractors and integrators to work efficiently and fast-track schedules as the navy seeks to modernize its communication systems. WGS is the next-generation wideband component in the DoD’s future military SATCOM architecture and provides communications in both the X-band and Ka-band frequencies. Norsat is in the final stage of WGS certifications after two years of hard work, with a lot of time, money and effort gone into the process. This certification process will ensure that our terminals conform to the minimum performance and operational control requirements and will have a major impact on Norsat’s MarineLink COM 10X and 15X 1m and 1.5m advanced multi-axis high-performance antennas, that are designed exclusively for naval operations.

These special maritime terminals offer fast tracking speeds (90 deg/s) for accurate and dependable signal lock and 3-axis operating platform for WGS reliable operations even in rough sea states (up to Sea State 6). Additionally, they also feature a built-in motor brake, shock absorber, and wire-rope isolator for longevity and reliability, and unlimited azimuth for precise tracking and ease of cable management.

With its simple setup and pre-programmed satellite almanac, staff with minimal training can have a MarineLink system transmitting in just a matter of minutes! Along with military certifications, the Norsat MarineLink Naval Series terminals offer truly intelligent design:

  • Common motor design for all axis for simplicity and ease of servicing
  • Multiple PCB modules integrated into a single PCU for fast and easy maintenance
  • 1RU / 19” Antenna Control Unit uses 3 gyro inputs, offers access via RS-232, Mini USB, or Ethernet
  • Unlimited azimuth enables accurate tracking and eliminates cable loop
  • Honeycomb FRP radome provides light, strong protection against harsh environmental impacts
  • Optional radome heater / cooling units

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