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SPECTRA SlingShot Selected For AEWE 2019

SPECTRA Group’s SlingShot has been selected to participate in US Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiments or AEWE 2019.


Press Release, 17 January 2019: SPECTRA Group is an internationally renowned specialist provider of secure voice, data and satellite communications systems, specifically optimised for use in remote and challenging environments, with offices in UK and USA. Following recent contract successes in the US, particularly with their battle-winning SlingShot tactical communications system, SPECTRA Group (US) Inc has been selected by the US DoD to take part in the 2019 Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiments (AEWE 2019) at Fort Benning.


SlingShot used in dismounted role [© SPECTRA Group]

The Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment (AEWE) is the US Army’s premier venue for small unit modernisation, providing capability developers, the Science and Technology (S&T) community, and industry with a repeatable, credible, rigorous, and validated operational experiment, supporting both concept and material development. The AEWE is an annual campaign of experimentation to place cutting edge prototype technologies into the hands of Soldiers to solve small unit tactical problems. The Manoeuvre Battle Lab, as part of the Army Futures Command (AFC), executes AEWE to accelerate near and midterm Army modernisation and provide bottom up input to capability development, by providing early and iterative feedback on prototypes in a tactical setting. AEWE is the “first step” of a larger Army and Joint Experimentation enterprise.


Being demonstrated at AEWE, SPECTRA’s SlingShot adds voice and data BLOS COTM (Beyond Line of Sight Communications On The Move) to in-service tactical VHF and UHF radios. In addition to standard voice and data C2, it can enable capabilities such as remote biometric analysis, fire mission planning, tracking and inter-agency operations. Man-portable, vehicle, maritime or aviation-borne, usable on the move, delivering flexible channel leasing and with minimal increase in training-burden, SlingShot redefines tactical communication capabilities.


Simon Davies, President of SPECTRA Group said: “It’s an important and prestigious step for SPECTRA Group to be selected to take part in the US AEWE 2019. Our SlingShot system is already in service with the world’s premier specialist forces and it has been battle-proven on multiple occasions”. He added: “I am confident that AEWE will provide an excellent opportunity to show case SlingShot’s unique, widespread, operational capability which is attracting increasing attention from the Security Force Assistance Brigades, Brigade Combat Teams, FORSCOM, and indeed USMC and NG”.

SPECTRA’s SlingShot unit allows operators on the move to communicate securely by satellite using just their UHF or VHF personal radio and an omnidirectional antenna [© SPECTRA Group]

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