Aerospace & Defence

Supporting vehicle mounted comms and ISTAR objectives

1st August 2016
Joe Bush

The battlefield broadband, ground-based communications system from BAE Systems (used on the Falcon mobile shelter programme), is protected by EMC, EMP and TEMPEST specification filters from MPE.

Falcon assists and supports ISTAR ( information, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance) in order to improve commanders’ situational awareness and consequently their decision making.

The increase in the use of ISTAR assets delivering huge quantities of video imagery and information demands systems which are capable of handling large amounts of data. Meeting these exacting requirements, Falcon is fundamental to the UK Armed Forces in providing robust, high capacity network services right across the battlefield.

The four different MPE filter products supplied have consisted of a 63A filter for the main incoming power feed, a 32A EMP filter for the interior of the shelter, six 10A TEMPEST filters also inside the shelter and a 20A feedthrough capacitor.

Providing secure, high capacity voice, data and video communications, staff at command headquarters can operate across up to four separate security domains on a wide area network. The Falcon system is carried on the British Army’s standard MAN 4x4, six tonne, HX60 truck for mobility and flexibility.

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