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Lockheed Martin Integrates MONAX System With Aerostat Platform

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. Feb. 14, 2011

The MONAX communications system connects a commercial off the shelf (COTS) smartphone to a ground or airborne MONAX XG Base Station through a small, portable, battery powered MONAX Lynx user device, enabling the warfighter’s use of a single, convenient, touch screen COTS smartphone for mission success at "the first tactical mile."  The system is frequency flexible, connects hundreds of users to a single base station, and delivers superior range and link performance in voice, video and data transmission. The network uses a secure RF link, protected through exportable encryption for joint and coalition operations.

The integration demonstrated MONAX’s ability to provide coverage over a substantial network area of more than 3,000 square kilometers with just one base station. During the testing, MONAX streamed real time video from the aerostat camera to COTS smartphones in the coverage area.

Macy Summers

"We were able to keep the system footprint small in terms of size, weight and power," Summers said. "The MONAX equipment aboard the aerostat, which includes an antennae and radio frequency to fiber converter, weighs approximately 90 pounds and is connected to the base station on the ground through fiber optic cable embedded in the aerostat’s tether." 

MONAX products are available on the General Services Administration schedule purchasing vehicle and directly from Lockheed Martin.

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SOURCE Lockheed Martin

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