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UK-based Paradigm Communications and US partner 4K Solutions announced on 4 November that their MANTA ‘comms-on-the-move’ (COTM) solution has been adopted by US Army direct action units for deployed mobile operations.

The discreet, low-profile MANTA met specific operator requirements for a fully integrated system catering for space restrictions in relevant vehicles. The technology also provides crucial connectivity situational awareness for soldiers, allowing full control over satellite selection and operation of the terminal, thereby simplifying satellite operations.

MANTA is a proven solution for both COTM and Comms-on-the-Pause (COTP) applications, requiring no specific satellite skillset from the user and with the added benefit of no mechanical moving parts. The system instead uses software beam forming and tracking technology. Operational from both DC and AC power sources, users can be transmitting and receiving within minutes.

4K Solutions’ unique skillset enabled the swift integration of the MANTA onto customer vehicles and into on-board networking equipment, enabling the unit to field the MANTA satellite terminal and provide vital in-theatre communications.

The MANTA terminals have allowed […] communications soldiers to free up much-needed cargo space in their HMMWVs and their tactical Polaris side-by-sides […] Communications non-commissioned officers (NCO’s) are extremely pleased with the ease of [installation], ease of use and data bandwidth,” commented David Theriault, President of 4K Solutions.

It’s very exciting to be adopted by a customer operating in truly demanding and challenging environments and it clearly demonstrates the operational simplicity and suitability of this simple-to-use high-performance terminal for the military and government sectors. 4K Solutions has been a very professional partner and a pleasure to work with,” added Paradigm Managing Director, Ulf Sandberg.

MANTA as installed for US Army direct action units. (Photo: 4K Solutions)

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