Indonesian Army to Receive Spectra SlingShot SATCOM Systems

This first purchase will equip KOSTRAD with Manpacks, vehicle fits and SlingShot Tactical Operations Centre systems (STOCS), plus a two-year contract for the Inmarsat L-TAC service By Defense Advancement / 08 Sep 2023
Indonesian Army Orders SlingShot SATCOM System
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Spectra Group is to supply its SlingShot satellite communications (SATCOM) system to the Indonesian Army.

Placed through its partner PT Mora Armamen Perkasa, the first purchase will equip KOSTRAD with manpacks, vehicle fits and SlingShot Tactical Operations Centre systems (STOCS), alongside a two-year contract for the Inmarsat L-TAC service.

With minimal training, this simple communication enhancement is expected to revolutionize their tactical and strategic communication reach, enabling rapid reaction to a myriad of security scenarios on a global footprint.

Designed to meet the most demanding Special Forces requirements, and now in operation with regular forces globally, Spectra’s SlingShot is a unique, low size, weight and power (SWaP) satellite communications system. It enables existing UHF and VHF tactical radios to extend their reach into the realm of strategic communications providing true Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) and Communications on the Move (COTM), without purchasing new radios.

By utilizing Inmarsat’s commercial L-band Tactical Satellite (L-TAC), SlingShot allows a tactical net to be created over 1000s of kilometers and deliver a comprehensive range of tactical and operational network capabilities. SlingShot provides voice and data capability for Command and Control (C2), encrypted if required, and supports wide-ranging mission-critical applications, such as artillery fire missions, GPS tracking and biometric analysis, to mention a few. With greater utility compared to traditional TACSAT, increased and guaranteed channel availability and being plug and play with virtually no training burden, SlingShot is said to have redefined tactical communications.

Cynthia Simarmora, Mora Armamen CEO, said: “The extensive global usage of successful trials conducted in Indonesia have paved the way for the realization of this project. The collaborative effort to introduce SlingShot products to the Indonesian Army fills us with great excitement. We look ahead with optimism to the possibility of this being the first of many purchases by the Indonesian Government.”

Simon Davies, CEO of Spectra Group, added: “SlingShot has been operationally proven with a wide range of security forces across the world. However, this is the first time we have entered the Asian market and we are extremely excited to be working with Mora Armamen and with KOSTRAD, from the Indonesian Army, and we can see huge potential for the benefits of SlingShot with other key elements of their security forces.” 

Spectra will be at DSEI 2023 to discuss all their communication solutions on Stand H6-150.

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