Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has won contracts from several customers for the Tac4G tactical communications system developed by ELTA, IAI’s intelligence and reconnaissance division, the company recently announced. A concurrent announcement revealed that several new capabilities have been added, including Tac4G's integration in tactical UAVs and additional platforms.
Tac4G was first revealed during the Mobile Deployment Communications 2018 Show and Conference in Poland, winning strong interest from NATO communication commanders who attended the event.
Tac4G is an Long Term Evolution (LTE) broadband tactical communication systems for military, law enforcement, border control and para-military applications. It provides robust and secured communications independently of local operators. In addition, it is capable of broadcasting high-volume video to and from tactical forces in order to provide improved intelligence and situational awareness. Tac4G connects end-users, sensors and weapon systems in a unified manner, operating over an independent, versatile network.
In response to newly identified requirements among end users, ELTA has recently developed new capabilities, which enables the connection of tactical UAVs to the communication network and its embedding in UAVs, drones and other platforms. The integration became possible as a result of reduced weight and power consumption.
“Military communications needs are experiencing significant growth with projections indicating even stronger growth in the coming years. Communications systems need to respond to the evolving needs; Tac4G provides an ultimate solution for forces in the field that suffer from bottlenecks in secured transmission of data and high quality video. Tac4G addresses these issues with a versatile, conceptual change for the current and future battlefield. It is differentiated from other systems in offering scalability for growing data volumes," observed Executive Vice President of Land Systems at IAI, Maj.-Gen. (ret.) Gadi Shamni.