Ultra ORION Achievements Since Product Launch, One Year Ago

It has been one year since Ultra Electronics, TCS launched its new generation high-capacity radio, the Ultra ORION. Here are some of the key achievements:

  • May 2013 - Ultra Electronics TCS launched its 4th generation of High-Capacity Line-of-Sight (HCLOS) radio, the Ultra ORION at CANSEC 2013. It is a multichannel, multiband, point-to-point and point-to-multipoint radio system that provides at-the-quick-halt communications across multiple echelons and on-the-move access capability. The system offers up to 1 Gbps throughput and operational flexibility within a small mast or vehicle-mounted form factor.  The Ultra ORION serves as a high-capacity backhaul, backhaul repeater, range extension node, aggregation/distribution and access point, WLAN or remote station at the tactical edge.
  • September 2013 - Great performance of the Ultra ORION as a backhaul for LTE network during US Bold Quest 13.2, a multi-national coalition capability demonstration/integration event with participation from the US Joint Staff, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, SOCOM, STRATCOM, and Air/Army National Guard, as well as NATO partners from various nations.

  • September 2013 – The Ultra ORION robust on-the-move overwater capabilities were demonstrated over a 18 km stretch of water in the St-Lawrence seaway, Canada. The tests showed how the radio system could support bidirectional video streaming and videoconferencing in naval surveillance or maritime interdiction operations.

  • October 2013 - Contract award from US Army Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) for Ultra ORION GRC-245C radio systems.  The new systems will address terrestrial transmission requirements of the Tactical Network Modernization for Army Expeditionary Signal Battalions (ESB) to allow soldiers to seamlessly communicate between WIN-T Increments and across echelons.  Designed to interoperate with the AN/GRC-245A/B HCLOS radios of WIN-T Inc. 1, the GRC-245C system also complements the WIN-T Inc. 2 architecture by providing longer range, higher capacity links that help meet the significant bandwidth demands of Transport Convergence on the tactical network. The ability to support  point-to-point and point-to-multipoint topologies simultaneously provides unprecedented mission flexibility to the ESB.

  • October 2013 - Demonstration of the Ultra ORION radio with the Canadian Forces successfully providing increased throughput capabilities while fully interoperable with fielded AN/GRC-245 radios. Also demonstrated was Ultra ORION’s unique ability to provide for a complete radio relay repeater in a single box.

  • January to April 2014 – Ultra ORION successfully completed various user trials in Europe, Middle East and Asia-Pacific demonstrating high capacity point-to-point, point-to-multipoint and on-the-move communications.
  • May 2014 - Participation to US Army Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) 14.2 exercices.

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