Rugged, Small Form Factor Modules Enable Command and Control Communications for Tactical Vehicles

PacStar®, a developer and supplier of advanced communications solutions for the US Department of Defense (DoD), has announced it has been awarded a USD 10 million contract to provide PacStar 400-Series networking and communications products to the US Marine Corps Networking On-The-Move (NOTM) program, the company said.

PacStar´s modular system brings the benefits of industry-leading Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) reduction to communications on NOTM program tactical vehicles, while providing modularity and reliability in harsh environmental conditions.

Networking On-The-Move is a Command and Control capability for all elements of the Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF). PacStar 400-Series modules include secure, enterprise-class networking and security capabilities from Cisco®, designed and engineered by PacStar into modules ideal for both vehicle-mounted and command post use. NOTM will install PacStar 400-Series equipment into a wide array of tactical ground vehicles including MRAP-ATV, HMMWV, and Amphibious Assault Vehicles. And unlike traditional vehicle mounted-communications, the PacStar modules may be quickly and easily dismounted and used in command posts, without the use of tools.

PacStar 400-Series modules will also enable communications on several major NOTM subsystems, the Point of Presence Vehicle Kit (POP) and Staff Vehicle Kit (SV Kit), providing access to three network enclaves: Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRnet), Non-Secure Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRnet) and Mission Specific. The modules are designed, extensively tested and certified as meeting MIL-STD 810G environmental standards even while operating, so Marine Warfighters can be assured of reliable communications. They are available in a wide array of transport and packaging systems enabling programs to customize their systems as needed.

Pacific Star Communications, Inc. (PacStar) is a technology-based systems integrator that delivers advanced, reliable and interoperable tactical and enterprise communications systems to the military, federal, state and local government agencies, as well as emergency responders.