WASHINGTON--Klas Telecom, an engineering and design company that specializes in developing deployable communications systems for austere environments where low size, weight, and power (SWaP) are required, recently completed participation in the largest, biennial international military maritime exercise, Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), held June 30 - August 4, 2016.
The company participated at the invitation of the Shore and Expeditionary Integration Program Office PMW 790 in order to demonstrate the latest technology in tactical communications systems and the SWaP savings of the modular and scalable Voyager system of systems. The Klas Telecom Voyager baseband system was designed to reduce a customer’s overall cost of ownership by providing them one common system that supports different sized teams and scales across multiple deployment platforms, replacing traditionally large, bulky, and disparate forward-deployed communications packages. Voyager en route and early entry communications systems can easily expand to form the core of increased capacity network systems, such as those at the company and battalion level.
“Having one common system across all our customers’ mission requirements creates incredible SWaP savings and reduces operational and logistics footprint,” Klas Telecom Government President and CEO Dave Huisenga said. “To get the Voyager system to RIMPAC, we didn’t have to use cargo or crate shipping, we just rolled it in like carry-on luggage. The Navy liked the system because it requires less energy to power and cool, which means if the system is run on generators, it uses less fuel.”
Klas Telecom was on the ground in Honolulu, Hawaii July 11 - 15 for the exercise’s VIP week to show Navy Expeditionary Forces how the Voyager system can support multiple, classified networks simultaneously, meet their first-in requirements, scale up to support larger operations, and ultimately replace many large transit cases of existing equipment with one carbon fiber, airline carry-on-size Voyager 8. The Voyager 8 system on display contained VoyagerERm, VoyagerSW24, VoyagerNAS, and VoyagerVMX2 modules.
“The idea is that the Navy can decrease their missional SWaP by leveraging the Voyager 8’s power distribution capability,” Klas Telecom Government Senior Account Manager Marty Buckley said. “The integrated power design and nested power supply built into all Voyager chassis eliminate the need for extra cases for batteries, help minimize energy consumption, and are the key to the system's streamlined scalability. If you utilize the latest in power and cooling technology, as our engineers do, you can do more with less equipment.”
This year’s RIMPAC boasts participation from over 25,000 personnel, 40 ships and submarines, and more than 200 aircrafts. Germany, Italy and Denmark joined the exercise for the first time. RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (Source, U.S. Navy RIMPAC website).
About Klas Telecom
Founded in 1991, Klas Telecom is an engineering and design company with over 25 years of experience developing highly capable, lightweight communications solutions for use in austere environments where low size, weight, power and ruggedization are required. With over 80% of the company dedicated to engineering and design, Klas Telecom is able to stay on the forefront of the remote communications market. Klas Telecom operates in the U.S. and international defense, first responder, disaster relief, law enforcement and transportation markets. The company employs staff across four offices located in Washington, DC; Herndon, VA; Tampa, FL; and Dublin, Ireland.