PacStar Awarded Contract to Support U.S. Army Expeditionary Signal Battalion – Enhanced (ESB‑E) Program

 In Intelligence, Defense, Air, Forces & Capabilities, CBRN

PacStar 400-Series select­ed to enhance agili­ty and reli­able tac­ti­cal com­mu­ni­ca­tions for Army pilot pro­gram

PacStar announced it has been award­ed a con­tract to sup­port the U.S. Army’s Expeditionary Signal Battalion-Enhanced (ESB‑E) pro­gram. Under the con­tract, PacStar will deliv­er its PacStar 400-Series mod­u­lar plat­form to enhance agile and reli­able tac­ti­cal com­mu­ni­ca­tions for the expe­di­tionary-style war­fare units increas­ing­ly relied upon by DoD orga­ni­za­tions.

Expeditionary Signal Battalions (ESB) sup­port units that do not have organ­ic com­mu­ni­ca­tions capa­bil­i­ties such as mil­i­tary intel­li­gence bat­tal­ions, chem­i­cal bat­tal­ions, engi­neer­ing bat­tal­ions, and air defense artillery branch­es. Within these bat­tal­ions, the Army rec­og­nized a need to improve com­mu­ni­ca­tions per­for­mance and speed of equip­ment deliv­ery. As a result, the Army adopt­ed a more expe­di­tionary approach to these bat­tal­ions’ tac­ti­cal com­mu­ni­ca­tions by pro­vid­ing more spe­cial ops gear to enable early entry. This approach facil­i­tates unin­ter­rupt­ed mis­sion com­mand, thus rapid deploy­ment and maneu­ver­abil­i­ty across the bat­tle­field. One exam­ple of this is the ESB Scalable Network Node (SNN) which is the focal point of the ESB‑E con­struct and requires sys­tems to be scal­able between small, medium, and large con­fig­u­ra­tions as the mis­sion dic­tate.

PacStar 400-Series solu­tions equip these small­er units with the light­weight com­mu­ni­ca­tions equip­ment they need to help them maneu­ver quick­ly from sit­u­a­tion to sit­u­a­tion. The plat­form fea­tures 128 GB RAM, vir­tu­al rout­ing, and the new PacStar 463 Radio Gateway. DoD orga­ni­za­tions can also lever­age PacStar Smart Chassis, pow­ered by a first-of-its-kind com­mu­ni­ca­tions server that pro­vides a mechan­i­cal and elec­tri­cal stand­alone capa­bil­i­ty to house up to five PacStar 400-Series mod­ules. PacStar Smart Chassis may be uti­lized as a stand­alone entity or a com­po­nent in a larger system.

“Network mod­ern­iza­tion to meet warfight­er needs and defense pri­or­i­ties is a core focus for the Army and across the DoD, and we are proud to sup­port these efforts with PacStar 400-Series for ESB‑E,” said Peggy J. Miller, CEO of PacStar. “With these solu­tions, ESB‑E SNN will get the small­est, light­est, mod­u­lar tac­ti­cal com­mu­ni­ca­tions plat­form in the indus­try, which is part of our larger ini­tia­tive to enable increased reli­a­bil­i­ty and inno­va­tion for warfight­ers.”

The ESB‑E pro­gram sup­ports the Army’s mod­ern­iza­tion effort to unify the net­work by pro­vid­ing assured net­work trans­port in con­gest­ed envi­ron­ments. The ESB‑E’s tac­ti­cal net­work com­mu­ni­ca­tions sup­port will enable a more lethal, mobile, and hard­ened joint and coali­tion force, help­ing the Army retain over­match against increas­ing­ly capa­ble adver­saries.

Source: COTS Journal

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