Satellite Communications: SNAP


Secure Internet Protocol Router Network/Non-secure Internet Protocol Router (SIPR/NIPR) Access Point (SNAP) ground satellite terminals are fielded to augment current network capabilities to extend network access to company and team level. This non-program of record system bridges gaps in C4ISR created by rugged-expansive terrain and sparse infrastructure by deploying these transportable commercial-off-the-shelf Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) satellite terminals, which can deploy more quickly than larger satellite terminals.

SNAPs are designed to provide satellite communications to small units at remote forward operating bases where they are unable to use terrestrial radios due to issues with terrain or distance. SNAP terminals provide reliable satellite communication access and take advantage of commercial equipment to expedite the fielding process. They provide access to the tactical and strategic networks for mission command, calls for fire, Medevac and information exchange. SNAPs are a key communications component for units, providing secure beyond-line-of-sight communications at the company level and below.


  • Works in concert with both increments of WIN-T  
  • Transit case design enables easy transport in the back of High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles or helicopters
  • Modular design allows for varying dish and antenna sizes to appropriately satisfy mission requirements
  • Easy to move around the battlefield, providing an expeditionary element to the force
  • Certified Ka and X-band capability to take advantage of the Department of Defense’s Wideband Global SATCOM satellites

Last Updated: March 6, 2017