Command, control, intelligence and reconnaissance capabilities require reliable means of sharing data with remote units. Today’s answer to this communication question is radio frequency technology. High-resolution detector systems, however, generate a deluge of data that cannot be transmitted in real time without some form of compression. What’s more, limited frequency bands and antenna size impose severe constrictions on some of the potentially most effective applications, for example, mini drones.
RF technology, with its inability to transport vast streams of data, is fast approaching the point of diminishing returns. It is sure to be edged out by laser-based communication. The higher bandwidth and faster transmission rates will prevail wherever superior surveillance capabilities and immunity are at a premium.
Lasercom systems have definitely arrived, as this brief recap of HENSOLDT Optronics’ achievements attests:
Our optical communication equipment’s ability to transmit uncompressed HD data for border surveillance applications has proven its merits in the field. For civilian applications, there is no other way to blast through the data bottleneck and transcend the gigabit barrier.
The world’s only ground/GEO link is based on Airbus DS technology that is part of our Zeiss legacy. Optical feeder links exploit licence-free bandwidth, thereby sparing licensed frequencies that can be gainfully employed for downlink broadcasts.
HENSOLDT Optronics is known for its superior stabilised terrestrial, maritime and airborne platforms. The experience and insight gained in these projects has enabled us to develop optical communication systems that deliver reliable broadband performance in the air, on land and at sea.
Today submarine communication is suboptimal, with a threshold not higher than the kbit/s range. Our technology has been proven to transmit data at mbit/s speeds, which opens up a whole new range of possibilities, for example, reconnaissance data sourced from unmanned underwater vehicles. HENSOLDT Optronics’ optical underwater acquisition technology is patented.
Our optical subsystems have been tried, tested and verified in space with a com link that topped the 5 gbit/s mark across a distance exceeding 5,000 km.
Main features & benefits
- Eye safe
- Light and compact
- Data rates > 1 Gbit/s
- No jamming