PathFinder Digital GBS Terminal Receives ARTSRAT, MIL-STD-810G Certifications

PathFinder Digital BAT-GBS-85 receive-only terminal has completed U.S. Army Strategic Command (ARSTRAT) Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) testing and is now certified for operation on the WGS network.

In addition, the terminal also received certification after completing rigorous Military Standard (MIL-STD) 810G environmental testing confirming its proper operation when subjected to extreme conditions such as cold, heat, salt, humidity, dust, wind, vibration and shock.

PathFinder Digital was awarded a contract in May 2019 by prime contractor General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) for the delivery of MVSAT (Mobile Very Small Aperture Terminal) terminals for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)’s Global Broadcast Service (GBS) program.

The BAT-GBS-85 MVSAT is a Ka/Ku band, airline checkable, flyaway terminal utilizing an AvL Technologies antenna. The GBS program provides a one-way broadcast capability supporting the timely delivery of video products, for mission support and in-theater information transfer. PathFinder Digital’s solution is operable anywhere on the GBS network.

PathFinder Digital BAT-GBS-85 MVSAT Terminal
PathFinder Digital’s BAT-GBS-85 MVSAT Terminal. Photo Credit: PathFinder Digital.

“This product solution went from concept to certification and delivery in less than one year. Obtaining ARSTRAT and MIL-STD-810G certifications for the BAT-GBS-85 demonstrates PathFinder’s ability to rapidly develop and implement modifications to its commercial products and deliver MVSAT solutions tailored to meet the specific needs of its customers,” says Roger McGarrahan, CEO of PathFinder Digital LLC. “This certified terminal provides the warfighter a robust and cost-efficient communications solution that is easy to install, operate and maintain and most importantly meets their mission criteria.”

“AvL Technologies designed the antenna for the BAT-GBS-85 MVSAT terminal with the warfighter in mind,” said Mike Proffitt, President, AvL Technologies. “This antenna was designed and manufactured to perform optimally on the WGS and GBS networks, is easy to set- up and operate, and will ensure mission communications in any environment.”

Global Broadcast Service (GBS) operates as a one-way wideband transmission broadcast, supporting timely delivery of data and video products for mission support and theater information transfer. GBS provides service to over 1000 receive suites deployed world-wide supporting the Department of Defense and other governmental organizations and agencies.

GBS has become a critical piece of the DoD’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance architecture.



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