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Ruggedized and lightweight, Hughes HM500 enables rapid deployment by global users
Hughes recently announced its new HM500 transportable terminal that enables rapid deployment by individual users for secure, portable communications. At a transport weight of less than 31 pounds, it exemplifies the growing market trend for “manpack” terminals to meet reduced Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) requirements.
Designed with advanced commercial Satellite Communications (SATCOM) technology for defense and public safety missions, the HM500 transportable terminal offers a very lightweight yet ruggedized package using preconfigured settings over one of multiple frequencies, including Ku-, Ka-, Mil Ka-, and X-band. Its simplified setup, quick deployment, and high data rates bring international users an ideal portable communications solution for a wide range of applications, from disaster relief to military operations.
Hughes demonstrated the HM500’s single-person, tool-free assembly and interoperability with existing SATCOM infrastructure in New Delhi, India during the DEFCOM India 2017 Conference, an International Expo on Military Communications organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry, the Indian Army, and the Corps of Signals.
“Our new HM500 leverages Hughes industry-leading SATCOM technology to support critical mobility requirements of government and enterprise users,” said Dr. Rajeev Gopal, senior technical director at Hughes. “It delivers military and national security planners a powerful and cost-effective manpack solution for their forward deployed teams to provide them with real-time, reliable information to help achieve mission success.”
The HM500 is readily adapted for operation on any Hughes SATCOM platform, including the HM System and the industry-leading JUPITER™ System, the next generation Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) platform from Hughes for broadband services over both high-throughput and conventional satellites.
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