SATCOM bandwidth and service for Polish soldiers abroad

According to a separate message presented in the social media of Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ), “Wojskowe Zakłady Łączności No. 1 won the procedure to secure the satellite system for the operation of the Polish Military Contingent in 2022”. The order is to include “end-to-end service”, which, apart from bandwidth delivery, also includes training, service and support assistance.

The Polish Army, thanks to the shared band, is to maintain stable and uninterrupted satellite communication, regardless of the location. In order to be able to use these capabilities, it is necessary to ensure the bandwidth of satellite signal transmission and the operation of transmitting and receiving devices (satellite terminals). Wojskowe Zakłady Łączności inform that apart from delivering them to the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland, it also provides training in the operation and maintenance of devices.

The Polish Army has been using the PPTS-1.8 v.2 Portable Satellite Terminal (visible in the main photo) for a long time. It provides multi-band connectivity at the operational and tactical levels. Its operating range covers three frequency bands: C (3.625 ÷ 4.200-5.850 ÷ 6.425 GHz), X (7.250 ÷ 7.750-7.900 ÷ 8.400 GHz) and Ku (10.950 ÷ 12.750-13.750 ÷ 14.500 GHz). The terminal enables the launch of the satellite communication network in the TDMA (Time Division Multiple Access) or SCPC (Single Channel Per Carrier) system.

The terminal offered by WZŁ meets the standardization parameters STANAG 4484 and 4486, as well as MIL-STD 188-164A. It has gigabit sockets, both optical (fiber optic) and traditional RJ-45. The reception of satellite signals is guaranteed by a satellite dish with a diameter of 1.8 m or 2.4 m.

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In addition, the WZŁ No. 1 satellite terminals offer the MTS-4.6 (Agwa) Mobile Satellite Terminal with an antenna dish with a diameter of 4.6 m. Its exhibited feature is high mobility and short time to prepare the device for transport and work. It is also worth mentioning the TS – 1.6 terminal (with an antenna with a diameter of 1.6 m), which allows the system to be placed on the roof of a container or trailer, or another mobile Medium STS Satellite Terminal (with an antenna dish with a diameter of 1.8 m or 2.4 m). This set is to allow for quick start-up of the device, without tools, in less than 20 minutes. Thanks to work in many bands, it is possible to establish communication with the Eutelsat and Intelsat satellites (C and Ku bands), as well as the British Skynet and XTAR (X-band).

All terminals support star, lattice and point-to-point network topologies (PPP protocol), not to mention additional physical aspects and weather resistance, also allowing the use of a back-up power supply. These are the requirements necessary to ensure reliability in the operations of PMC soldiers serving in many places around the world.

Wojskowe Zakłady Łączności for the needs of the Polish Armed Forces has been providing satellite spectrum for 10 years, purchased from a global provider of broadband services.

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