Indra is developing a satellite communications system that will enable the drones of the future to operate as true systems of systems, exchanging data in real time to maintain superiority in defense missions.
The company’s new SATCOM will offer bandwidths of up to 20 megabits per second, multiplying the transmission capacity of today’s most advanced on-board systems. This functionality is critical for unmanned aircraft that will need to transmit a high volume of information to long-distance command centers operating within the future combat clouds, along with multiple land, naval and air platforms.
The terminal will operate on both civilian and military communications bands (Ku and Ka bands), offering armies maximum flexibility to take advantage of the capabilities of the satellites available to each user in each region. The system will have a robust protection mode to resist any kind of interference. It will also eliminate the keyhole effect, which can make it difficult to connect with geostationary satellites in areas close to the equator.
Indra’s system will be one of the few that will be designed from the outset to obtain DAL-D (Design Assurance Level-D) security certification, which is essential in order to remotely control large military drones safely.
The new terminal will be perfectly suited to medium or large unmanned platforms, such as the future EuroDrone currently being developed by Germany, Spain, France and Italy.
Indra expects its new system will be one of the most advanced on the market and will make Indra one of the few companies in the world to have this type of strategic technology, which is essential in order for these aircraft to be able to form part of the complex systems of systems of the future.