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Satellite Communications Inflatable antennas help Cubic Global Defense serve military, Middle East markets May was a productive month for Cubic Global Defense. The company started off the month showcasing some of the C4ISR technology it acquired through the recent purchases of DTECH Labs, GATR Technologies and TeraLogics at the biennial Special Operations Forces Exhibition and Conference in Jordan. C4ISR stands for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance. Among the products and solutions marketed at SOFEX included a mobile Internet solution featuring end-to-end full motion video and satellite communications management that works with essentially every combat net radio system. GATR’s portable antenna works as effectively as its more rigid counterparts, but at a mere fraction of the weight. The 85 percent weight reduction gives it an edge over its competitors in the government and commercial markets. It’s all a part of the company’s “training to tactical” strategy to serve its Middle East market, said John Naff, who serves as the general manager for Cubic Defense Saudi Arabia and as the business development vice president for Cubic Global Defense. “These comprehensive capabilities will provide enhanced flexibility for not only ground and air training systems, but also tactical communi- 36 GATR inflatable antenna

37 op a successful satellite communications program with its unique and portable, inflatable satellite terminals,” said Mike Twyman, executive vice president of communications, intelligence and surveillance systems, Cubic Global Defense. “This award demonstrates the Army’s commitment to innovative C4ISR technologies that support and expand the warfighter’s capabilities in remote locations.” GATR’s terminals were also showcased at the GEOINT Symposium in Orlando. Hosted by the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, its serves as the largest conference for the geospatial defense and intelligence community. TeraLogics’ cloud-based Unified Video software, which brings together full motion video with sensor data and geospatial images to give analysts usable intelligence, also was showcased at the Orlando show, as was Cubic’s game-based training modules that can be used to improve decision making in the field. Both were also on display at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference in Tampa at the end of the month. “With our expanding product and services portfolio, Cubic is now poised to deliver innovative techcations solutions that support real operations and mission readiness,” he said. The day after SOFEX concluded, GATR announced it received an order from the U.S. Army to support its Transportable Tactical Command Communications (T2C2) initiative. The $5 million deal, under an Army Small Business Innovative Research Phase III Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity contract, allows GATR to test T2C2’s inflatable satellite terminals in preparation for upcoming verification test. At the same time, GATR also delivered 10 inflatable satellite terminals that will be used for testing the Army’s next generation tactical communications system. The Army has agreed to purchase up to 780 terminals if it exercises all purchase orders after testing concludes. The initial 10, which included five small and five medium terminals, were valued at $3.2 million. Because if their significantly lower weight, the inflatable antennas can be air dropped on location or even shipped as commercial baggage, which significantly reduces the cost in transportation. The GATR antennas range in size from 1.2 to 4 meters. “GATR Technologies has worked closely with the U.S. Army to develnologies which address our customers’ need for integrated and comprehensive mission-focused solutions,” said Chris Bellios, senior vice president of defense and intelligence services for Cubic Global Defense. Cubic Defense Systems provides combat training systems and secure network and communications and networking solutions to support both the military and other security forces protecting the United States and its allies. Its goal is to increase situational awareness and understanding for its global client base. Special Operations Forces “face threats in an ever-changing environment and need specialized training for increased mission readiness,” said Bill Toti, president of Cubic Global Defense. “Cubic is focused on delivering customers training and communications products that offer interoperability, while addressing the present and future challenges faced not only by U.S SOCOM (Special Operations Command) but also the global SOF network.”