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ThinKom Antenna Selected for Triton Surrogate

Proven Phased Array Antenna With Low Interception and Detection Metrics

Northrop Grumman has specified a ThinAir Ka2517 phased array satellite antenna from ThinKom Solutions to provide BLOS connectivity for the MQ-4C Triton flying test bed (FTB). Initial flights with the ThinKom antenna are expected to take place in the second quarter of 2022.

A Gulfstream IV serves as an FTB for the USN MQ-4C Triton autonomous HALE maritime surveillance system, outfitted with the core mission payload capabilities that are on the Triton UAS. It is used to demonstrate current capabilities, provide risk reduction for new capabilities and serve as a developmental test bed for emerging capabilities.

Based on ThinKom’s patented Variable Inclination Continuous Transverse Stub (VICTS) technology, the Ka2517 is a COTS wideband satellite antenna system, which provides global pole-to-pole in-flight connectivity with extremely high throughput rates using military and commercial Ka-band satellite networks. Ka2517s are operational on hundreds of commercial airliners and military aircraft, with industry-leading MTBF metrics.

The Ka2517 antenna is modem- and network-agnostic, enabling voice, data and streaming video with seamless interoperability on GEO and NGSO constellations. It also has the RF performance to operate effectively using frequency-hopping protected waveforms and supports industry-leading low probability of intercept (LPI) and low probability of detection (LPD) requirements,” said Bill Milroy, CTO and chairman of ThinKom.

The ThinAir Ka2517 phased array satcom antenna. (ThinKom)

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