Intellian intensifies its partnership with the U.S. Navy as missions deploy with the ARC-M4 Block1.

Intellian Technologies Inc. has intensified its collaborative partnership with the U.S. Navy.

The U.S. Navy has successfully deployed the cutting-edge NDI/COTS ARC-M4 Block 1 tri-band antenna for operational use in the fleet. The system provides for electronically switchable, simultaneous operations on both X- and Ka-bands and was designed to maximize the value of the WGS constellation for the Navy warfighter. The ARC-M4 Block 1 is the second WGS terminal in Intellian’s family of highly capable and extensible WGS-certified terminals.

The ARC-M4 Block 1 is the fleet’s first operationally deployed U.S. Space Force-described hybrid terminal. It was recently type-approved for SES O3b mPOWER and Viasat’s Global Xpress (G.X.) High Capacity Military Ka-Band payload. Compared to legacy Navy SHF systems of similar SWAP, such as the CBSP Unit Level Variant (ULV) terminals and the SHF Navy Multiband Terminal (NMT), it presents an unprecedented improvement in overall R.F. performance, capability, and mission flexibility for the warfighter by offering “no-compromise” access to the relevant GSO and NGSO assets.

Additionally, Intellian is engaging with the wider U.S. DoD community to make the ARC-M4 Block 1 compatible with emerging Military Ka-Band NGSO capability in the LEO and HEO orbits.

 Intellian’s partnerships with key leading NGSO/GSO providers, such as Eutelsat OneWeb, SES, and Viasat, has enabled Intellian to design the ARC-M4 Block 1 to be ready for these constellations as they reach operational maturity. This benefits the U.S. Navy and the relevant DoD community by eliminating the bottlenecks and costs associated with enabling terminals to access satellite assets of interest.  

The ARC-M4 Block 1 is designed for rapid deployment, leveraging Intellian’s expertise learned from years of rapid installs for cruise and oil and gas customers, which typically install in five days or less, even for larger user terminals such as Intellian’s high capacity 2.4m tri band terminals. The AptusNX antenna control unit’s industry-best user interface makes training quick, simple, and operations easy to use. 

The ARC-M4 Block 1 is in volume production today, and meets MIL Standards 188-164c, 461G, 464D, 810H, and 901E.

To comply with Navy C2 requirements, Intellian’s Pre-Planned Product Improvement (P3I) strategy will expand the list of natively supported NGSO constellations for the ARC-M4 Block 1.

As part of its steadfast and continuing commitment to the U.S. warfighter and its allies, Intellian has launched an initiative to leverage its industry-leading global supply chain management to ensure unprecedented, tightly controlled configuration management that meets the stringent needs of the U.S. DoD customers and other allied nations. Intellian has also expanded its R&D footprint in the U.S. by opening its Maryland-based facility, its Advanced Development Center (ADC), to support the burgeoning needs of the U.S. DoD community.

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