Norsat recently participated in the NGAUS 140th conference and captured the attention of key leaders and decision makers in the National Guard. The National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) is considered as America’s Trusted Sword and Shield. Established in 1636 when ordinary citizens formed militias to defend against hostile attacks, it is the country’s oldest military branch. The NGAUS 2018 General Conference and Exhibition was an important opportunity to showcase Norsat’s products, as this was the largest event for National Guard officers from 50 states and U.S. territories. Their 140th General Conference and Exhibition, which took place August 24-27 in New Orleans, Louisiana, focused on professional development, resolutions and task forces. The exhibition witnessed over 4000 attendees from the National Guard community, featured 12 essential workshops and task forces and over 800 defense industry exhibitor booths.

Throughout the duration of the show, Norsat joined the immersive environment with officers of the National Guard by dedicating three continuous days to information sharing, strategic planning, and collaboration building. Backed by over 40 years of experience in satellite communications, our team met with several leaders and showcased a plethora of Norsat’s offerings for defense applications. Norsat enjoyed access to the defense marketplace and discovered valuable market research insights, industry trends, and knowledge.

Norsat’s team at the show felt one with the National Guard as they were members of the Defence forces themselves. Aaron Titus was a member of the US Army (West Point graduate), and Thomas Wright was in the Gulf war in Iraq. At the trade show, many officers that came by Norsat’s booth were familiar with the team and products we offer. A few Canadian customers inquired about our turnkey solutions, which included the satellite, satellite teleport, terrestrial network and VSAT terminals. Our team also met with representatives from organizations like Aerocentre, AT&T, KnightSky, Cisco, Harris, Comsat, Raytheon, Astronics, Elbit, Cubic, 3M and more.

The main point of discussion during the event was the increasing need ‘to provide real time data’ to and from the battle field or secure location. To meet this demand, companies like Norsat have taken responsibility to develop more sophisticated communications tools for rapid deployment into the harshest of environments sometimes with special customizable size, weight, power or feature requirements. The GLOBETrekker™ 2.0 was the star of the show, with officers and booth visitors considering it as the world’s most intelligent fly-away satellite terminal. Built to military specifications, with a suite of integrated modems and lightweight packaging compact enough for airline check in, operators rely on the GLOBETrekker for global mission critical communications.

Likewise, Norsat’s new WAYFARER Commercial Terminal product line offering lower cost yet reliable manual and auto acquire flyaway, driveaway and fixed VSATs was of particular interest to several budget constrained National Guard units across the U.S. Customers were also impressed by Norsat’s ability to offer a full turnkey solution with the satellite terminal hardware, SIPR/NIPR baseband communications kits including routers/laptops/IP Phones, and the satellite bandwidth for their complete satellite network needs. Norsat also displayed its range of block upconverters (BUCs) and new defense solutions. Besides the MEDIAN Series of BUCs, Norsat’s ATOM Series received the most attention at the show as it ranks amongst the world’s smallest, lightest, and most energy efficient transmitters available. Ka and Ku-band ATOM BUCs are regularly used in military applications around the world and are known for their high customization capability and performance. It was exciting to hear a few partners inquire about the launch of new products and Norsat’s future plans. Norsat is proud to be part of the National Guard community as we are committed to delivering cutting-edge innovation and thought leadership for military applications.