iDirect Government Technologies Releases Military Grade Airborne Rack-Mount Router

John Ratigan, iDirect Government Technologies

iDirect Government Technologies (iGT), has released its newest satellite router, the e8000 AR, an airborne rack-mount router that delivers broadband capabilities for voice, video and data applications that provide support for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), Customs and Border Protection operations and emergency response missions.

The router provides fast, reliable and secure network connections for high-speed Communications on the Move (COTM) versatility. It maintains constant connectivity between manned and unmanned aircraft for uninterrupted command and control communications between theaters, ISR applications and the transmission of high-definition imagery from the aircraft to soldiers on the ground.

John Ratigan, iGT president, noted an increase in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions among its clients. The company looks to capitalize on the need to have secure and reliable airborne satellite communications.

“In addition to being easily added to existing customers’ networks, the e8000 AR meets strict airborne operational requirements, protects mission-critical information, supports high-speed COTM and improves overall mission availability for our customers,” he said.

Among the many features of the e8000 AR, it includes:

  • Integrates the iDirect iConnex(R) e850mp FIPS L2 board and is Federal Information Processing Standards Publications (FIPS) 140 Level 2 compliant
  • 150Mbps DVB-S2/ACM to the aircraft; built-in central processing unit to enable antenna integration with any antenna control unit (ACU) not using the OpenAMIP standard interface
  • On-board custom maps for complex automatic beam switching applications
  • Certified to MIL-STD EMI and environmental requirements for aircraft; rugged airborne-certified interfaces for high performance and easy integration on aircraft.

The e8000 AR will be on display at TechNet Land Forces Southwest in Tucson, Ariz., from March 27-29, and the DoDIIS Worldwide Conference in Denver, from April 1-4.


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