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New satellite improves communications in Afghanistan

August 30, 2011

UK troops in Afghanistan have begun operating a satellite secured from NATO at no extra cost to the MOD which is providing extra communications channels for commanders on the front line.

Soldier with satellite communications kit

Captain Rob Durling, 79 (Kirkee) Battery, 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, utilises satellite technology to establish out-of-line-of-sight communications to request air support in his role as a Forward Air Controller attached to D Squadron, The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. Picture: Corporal Andy Reddy RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2011

The NATO satellite will be used to provide two extra Ultra High Frequency (UHF) tactical communications channels that can be used in Afghanistan. This additional satellite adds to the MOD’s three existing Skynet 5 series satellites which provide a worldwide satellite communications service.

Satellite technology gives commanders on the ground an efficient and secure means of communication, including with operations centres that co-ordinate vital air support, as well as with other units.

Flight Lieutenant Damien Handley is a Joint Tactical Air Controller in Afghanistan. He uses satellite communications on the front line in his role co-ordinating air support for ground troops.

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  1. Claudio Alpaca permalink
    August 30, 2011 19:39

    This is a very important notice.
    the Nato satellite is a relevant aids to troops, giving them more possibilities of communications and tactical support for war’s operations.
    It enhance operability and interactions.

    On Afghanistan it assume, more than elsewhere, the function of live-saving.
    Buddies, I am happy for You. A thanks to NATO also on Your name.
    Claudio Alpaca

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