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Vislink’s ‘Mantis MSAT’ Battlefield Communications Terminal Debuted

The MSAT meets the military’s specifications for shock, vibration, sand and rain

Vislink International, a provider of video communications technologies, has rolled out its Mantis MSAT, which the company says is “the world’s smallest and lightest satellite data terminal” that can be used for high definition video intelligence, as well as standard voice and data.

The MSAT—which weighs 27.5 pounds—can be operated by a single user in challenging environments because it is resistant to extreme conditions and deployed from a single lightweight backpack, Vislink says. In addition, the terminals are currently undergoing field trials for battlefield, command center and special operations applications.

“MSAT meets the exacting, high-bandwidth, connectivity requirements now demanded by forces around the world to address an increasingly difficult operating environment,” Stephen Rudd Vislink’s chief executive. “It is an extremely complex sector, but we have not only met the core need, we have created a rugged, highly reliable and lightweight package that can be deployed anywhere in the world,” he added.

The company says it developed the MSAT to address the demand for a portable terminal able to deliver high bandwidth voice and data communications that “can also be operational within five minutes.”

MSAT meets the military’s specifications for shock, vibration, sand and rain, and features a high-performance parabolic antenna coupled, with interchangeable modem and encoder options, Vislink says. The terminal is available to operate in X, Ka and Ku bands, the firm says.