Enter the GATR SATCOM Terminal! Based on research compiled by the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM), the GATR was selected as the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) High Bandwidth Special Intelligence-Palletized Terminal (HBSI-PT) Program of Record. As part of this program, the GATR 2.4-meter X- and Ku-band terminal supports all of the USMC’s Radio and Intelligence Battalions.
The result was a reduction of about 3,600 pounds per SATCOM terminal, reducing transport fuel costs, increasing room for additional ammo, fuel, and equipment on vehicles, and allowing a quicker transition from “ship to shore”. The HBSI-PT configuration is a dual-band GATR antenna system with Ku- and X-band capability, plus a colorless transport networking stack which is comprised of a colorless core and three enclave networking groups.
This USMC HBSI-PT configuration is carried in six cases (antenna, modem/power, Ku-band, X-band, and networking group), each weighing under 98 lbs. The HBSI-PT has the same performance as a 4,000-lb. Mobile (trailer) Terminal (MT), but packages in cases far smaller and weighing much less than other SATCOM terminals.
With reduction in size and weight of up to 80% compared to other deployable terminals, the system has proven to be most useful in hard to access areas where high-bandwidth communications are critical.