U.S. Army Receives Hawkeye lll Lite VSAT to Enhance Battlefield Communications

L3Harris is delivering its Hawkeye lll Lite Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) for the U.S. Army to enable uninterrupted mission command and rapidly deploying and supporting maneuver forces across the battlefield By Joseph Macey / 25 Mar 2024
L3Harris Hawkeye lll Lite Enhances U.S. Army Battlefield Communications
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L3Harris is delivering high-speed data SATCOM connectivity for U.S. Army units via its Hawkeye™ III Lite Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT).

The system’s light, modular and easy-to-use design delivers the real-time situational awareness required for current combat. The nodes can be configured for use on commercial aircraft through their integrated Internet protocol-based network architectures, while also supporting a variety of requirement sets with the same low latency and high data rates.

“The integration of our Hawkeye III Lite VSATs into the U.S. Army transport architecture is key to enabling uninterrupted mission command and rapidly deploying and supporting maneuver forces across the battlefield,” said Chris Aebli, L3Harris president of Tactical Communications. “These terminals deliver high-speed data communications with complete network flexibility, modular modems and frequency bands, providing the Army a multi-domain communications backbone in contested environments.”

The Army began discussing expeditionary transport with industry in 2018, leading to a series of prototype operational demonstrations, exercises and assessments. The service down-selected industry proposals to three competitors in 2019 and awarded to L3Harris in 2020. As part of the partnership, the company also provides support, sustainment and both general-purpose user and maintenance-specific training.

Since the initial two-year award in 2020, L3Harris received four subsequent orders under the Army program, with the latest order for $60 million.

“The expeditionary transport conversion kicked off in earnest in 2018, when the Chief of Staff of the Army received feedback from signaleers that the equipment was outdated and no longer met the needs for increased data across the modern battlespace,” said Bill Seiss, L3Harris director of U.S. Army Tactical Communications programs. “This latest partnership continues to provide more signaleers with the highest-performing VSAT on the market.”

“The high-capacity Hawkeye III Lite can reestablish connections after moving locations faster than its predecessor terminal. It is backward-compatible and integrable to legacy systems within the Army’s inventory,” added Zsanette McKinney, L3Harris Account Management lead. “The L3Harris VSAT is a triband-capable system that provides a value-added, auto-acquire feature and is Medium Earth Orbit-upgradable.”

“The Hawkeye III Lite has a broad user base across the globe, from Australia to Europe, including NATO and Five Eyes countries,” McKinney added. “We have a continued commitment to innovation and sustainment to ensure our VSATs meet the needs of our customers for as long as they require them.”

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