Satellite Communications: Phoenix


Phoenix terminals provide Expeditionary Signal Battalions (ESBs) with high capacity, inter- and intra-theater range extension for networked battle command and control information, including logistical, operational, intelligence, and administrative data.

The Phoenix terminal is a transportable, quad-band, tactical satellite terminal that operates in the Super High Frequency (SHF) band. Phoenix is mounted on an expanded capacity vehicle. It provides ESBs assured access to satellite communications and operational flexibility in a tactical environment by providing a rapidly deployable capability to operate over military X/Ka and commercial C/Ku satellite bands. It is designed to operate 24 hours per day, seven days per week and provides reliable communications throughout the world.


  • Operates in military X and Ka band and commercial C and Ku bands
  • Qualified for the military environment: temperature, shock, vibration
  • Can interface with other strategic networks via standardized tactical entry points, Regional Hub Node’s or strategic assets
  • Transmits one Frequency Division Multiple Access (FDMA) link and receives up to four FDMA links simultaneously
  • Multi-carrier capable (transmit two FDMA carriers) in C, Ku and Ka band
  • Supports point to point, mesh and hub-spoke networks

Last Updated: March 6, 2017