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Ultra I&C Completes Successful Mobile Battlefield Capabilities Demo to Support Canadian Armed Forces

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Ultra I&C Completes Successful Mobile Battlefield Capabilities Demo to Support Canadian Armed Forces

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Ultra I&C Completes Successful Mobile Battlefield Capabilities Demo to Support Canadian Armed Forces
Ultra I&C Completes Successful Mobile Battlefield Capabilities Demo to Support Canadian Armed Forces

Ultra Intelligence & Communications announced the successful demonstration of its capabilities across multiple tactical bearers during HERMES FORGE, a major field exercise with the Canadian Armed Forces designed to assess the modernization progress of its tactical network architecture. As the proliferation of UAVs and the prevalence of long-range precision fires threaten traditional command post operations, the Canadian military has engaged select industry partners, including Ultra I&C, to develop resilient communications solutions that will meet new mobility requirements. After two years of collaboration with the Canadian Armed Forces, this culminating exercise showcased the speed, resilience, and reliability of Ultra I&C’s mobile command post solutions. Central to the successful demonstration was Ultra I&C’s latest generation of quick deploy vehicular-mast-mounted line-of-sight systems, critical for on-the-move-missions.

“Ultra I&C has a unique expertise and advantage fielding SATCOM, LOS, and troposcatter communication bearers in an integrated fashion that provides the diversity of communications options our soldiers need to be successful,” said Keith Blanchet, vice president of business development for Ultra I&Cs’ Communications division. “This enables network resilience and eases the burden of having to understand and operate disparate systems and tools, making it easy to set up and operate.”

“Ultra I&C’s participation in HERMES FORGE allowed us to showcase our technologies currently deployed within NATO countries,” said Faith Rhodes, vice president of programs for Ultra I&C’s Communications division. “By validating these technologies during the exercise, we underscored our role as the proven partner to provide interoperable capabilities in the field in Europe and truly enable expeditionary missions with our coalition partners.”

In Dispersed Command Posts (DCPs), Ultra I&C’s small SWaP Orion X510 was shown to be interoperable with the existing X500 Upper Tactical Network backhaul waveforms as well as with the existing Trellisware waveform (TSM). The new Orion X630 radio was deployed on a Vertical Height Antenna system to allow highly mobile DCPs to reach back to a rear headquartered Orion X500 radio, while simultaneously extending the range of the Brigade TSM network. The deployment of Ultra I&C’s extra-light VSAT SATCOM terminal was also evaluated as an alternative bearer to Orion LOS for maintaining robust communications between rear HQ and DCPs at the tactical edge. The initial soldier touchpoints and user engagement that took place during the HERMES FORGE exercise will inform the Canadian Armed Forces’ consideration to leverage Ultra I&C’s solutions for deployment into Latvia to enhance on-the-move mission tactical communications.

Ultra Intelligence & Communications, also known as Ultra I&C, has generations of experience fielding tactical communications, command and control, and cyber security technologies for the most challenging defense applications. Ultra I&C connects the multi-domain battlespace and ensures secured information advantage in high-threat environments. These innovative solutions are an integral operational component for the U.S. Department of Defense, the UK Ministry of Defence, the Canadian Department of National Defence and many more defense organizations worldwide. The company is headquartered in Austin, TX with locations and manufacturing facilities around the globe.

The Dispersed Command Post is using the new Orion X510 radio to link back to the rear-headquartered Orion X500 radio, via an Orion X530 on a VHA drone. This simultaneously improves local TSM MANET performance.
The Dispersed Command Post is using the new Orion X510 radio to link back to the rear-headquartered Orion X500 radio, via an Orion X530 on a VHA drone. This simultaneously improves local TSM MANET performance. (Photo by Ultra I&C)

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