Soldiers phone home, FASTCOM

Perhaps not what it’s meant for, AAI have teamed up with Viasat and Overwatch to provide 3G to parts other service providers just can’t reach.

A satellite feed is relayed from in field to a Shadow platform which then spreads 3G across the battlefield, interestingly its 4G upgradable!

FASTCOM creates a secure cellular bubble that accommodates secret-level and below communications in even the most austere tactical environments.

Our complete, end-to-end mobile communications solution is powered by unmanned aircraft equipped with FASTCOM external pods. The aircraft communicates with and delivers aircraft telemetry to the battlespace network, including mission radios and satellite communications backhaul equipment.

In addition, the pod-equipped unmanned aircraft provides network users direct access to intelligence sources.

Users can be added or removed quickly from the cellular network as needed.

Once on the network, users can communicate with each other or utilize their smart phone’s various applications. For example, our FASTCOM solution employs smart phones equipped with the Overwatch SoldierEyes™ suite of command, control, intelligence, support and situational awareness software applications.

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Gary Mortimer

Founder and Editor of sUAS News | Gary Mortimer has been a commercial balloon pilot for 25 years and also flies full-size helicopters. Prior to that, he made tea and coffee in air traffic control towers across the UK as a member of the Royal Air Force.