Satellite Communications: DKET


Deployable Ku band Earth Terminals (DKETs) are non-program of record systems used at brigade and higher headquarters elements to augment the Army’s tactical communications network infrastructure. Some of the DKETs take on dual roles as hubs, providing inter- and intra- theater satellite links at brigade and higher and linking multiple regional command headquarters. The DKET reduces the traffic load on the Army’s five worldwide Regional Hub Nodes by providing network hub services for disadvantaged forward operating bases.

DKETs are satellite terminals designed for use at larger hub locations. They support commercial Ku-band frequencies, and have been certified for Ka and X band capability to take advantage of U.S. military satellites. They are transportable and self-contained, and can establish headquarters-level, network-hub connectivity anywhere a mission dictates.


  • DKETs are currently deployed in three configurations: Light (3.7 – 3.9M), Mobile (4.5M) and standard (4.6M – 7M), with the majority being the light design
  • The Light design has a tri-fold antenna and a smaller shelter to make redeployment and setup faster and easier
  • The robust DKET network makes for a seamless transition to backup equipment or terminals, eliminates long outages and minimizes impact to the Soldier
  • DKETs operate on Ku, Ka and X-band frequencies
  • Electronics are housed in separate shelters