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Israeli specialist in advanced wireless communications solutions, Commtact, announced the award of a long-term contract to supply its family of Enhanced Mini Data Link Solutions (E-MDLS) to a leading global defence company on 7 January. The award reflects Commtact’s emergence as a recognized domestic and international supplier of datalink systems for unmanned platforms.

As part of a major Asian programme, the company will deliver over 2,000 advanced airborne and ground datalink segments for tactical drones and fixed-wing unmanned aerial systems (UAS), enabling secure real-time wideband communications, including video streaming. The contract includes the supply of several different versions of airborne transceivers, equipped with Commtact’s unique algorithm that enables robust and versatile operation at various ranges. The transceivers ‒ which include a multiple-antenna array ‒ allow automatic optimal switching between antennas. This facilitates flexible and immediate transitions between different polarizations in order to maintain optimal data link connectivity throughout the different stages of the mission. Additional ground-ruggedized IP67 segments for tactical use will be supplied, to allow simple and quick deployment for various operational scenarios while maintaining a high level of operational flexibility. For long-range operations, Commtact will provide advanced auto tracking systems.

Signing a long-term contract with a globally-recognized defence contractor is a major milestone for Commtact. The award follows several successful programmes and reflects the quality and value of Commtact's core technology and capabilities. We will continue to invest in new technologies that bring our customers the most advanced, secure, and unique data link capabilities for unmanned systems,” noted Commtact CEO, Ariel Kandel.

The BAT GDT tactical ground station. (Photo: Commtact)

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