EMS and Windmill develop portable, light-weight GBS system
Oct 30, 2007
Suitcase version, now being evaluated by Special Forces, 75% lighter than other GBS systems
EMS Technologies, Inc. (NasdaqGS:ELMG) and Windmill International, Inc. announced at Milcom 2007, that the military has begun evaluating the first fully portable Global Broadcast Service (GBS) Receive Suite.
The suite, designed to deliver situational awareness to an increasingly mobile fighting force, delivers the equivalent of 19 T1 lines, or 29 Mbps of data. EMS Technologies' Defense & Space Systems (D&SS) Division is supplying the nimble, small antenna aperture on the front end of the suite's RF system.
Windmill developed the product under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The company is delivering demonstration units of the suite for evaluation under the Defense Department's Defense Acquisition Challenge Program. The Windmill/EMS system when fielded weighs less than 40 pounds, 85 percent lighter than the government's current GBS system.