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The need for interoperability standards in SATCOM for unmanned systems

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Unmanned systems are increasingly being integrated into Department of Defense (DoD) strategies. Counterterrorism missions, for example, would not have achieved success without these unmanned platforms. As the DoD, industry and academia develop more advanced technologies in support of unmanned systems and platforms, including satellite communications (SATCOM), it is imperative that interoperability standards be developed and implemented to accelerate unmanned technology. Hughes Defense sees adopting SATCOM-related open-systems standards as central to achieving interoperable, resilient communications for unmanned systems. Using such open architectures, especially those that support resilient communications for unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), will strengthen warfighting to manage today’s near-peer adversaries.

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