Satellite Communications: SNAP

Description

Secure Internet Protocol Router/Non-Secure Internet Protocol Router (SIPR/NIPR) Access Point (SNAP) ground satellite terminals are fielded to augment current tactical network capabilities to extend network access to forward operating bases (FOBs) at the company, platoon and team level.

These non-program of record commercial-off-the-shelf Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) satellite terminals provide access to the tactical network (SIPR, NIPR, and Coalition), enabling mission command, information exchange (voice, video and data), call for fires and Medevac support. SNAPs are a key communications component for smaller units, providing secure beyond-line-of-sight communications and network connectivity.

The SNAP’s transit case design enables easy transport in the back of High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles or helicopters, and the modular design allows for varying dish and antenna sizes to appropriately satisfy mission requirements.

Capabilities

  • Provides robust, long-range, beyond-line-of-site SIPR, NIPR and Coalition network communications capability down to the tactical company, platoon or team forward operating base
  • Interoperable with both the at-the-halt and on-the-move tactical network equipment, as part of the tactical network architecture
  • 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