ETL Systems, a global designer and manufacturer of RF distribution equipment for satellite communications, has provided BAE Systems Australia, the largest defence contractor in Australia, with customized amplifier units.

These amplifiers have been designed for X-Band and Ka-Band antennas for a ground station in outback Australia that will receive signals from the Wideband Global SATCOM system. Graeme Bent, BAE Systems Australia’s director, Land & Integrated Systems said, “The amplifiers form part of a new ground station that will give the Australian Defence Force the ability to communicate globally with its deployed units. The ETL equipment is designed for use in the harsh environment and performs to specification with high input power.”

ETL’s new model is IP 65 rated with a 25 dB monitoring port, is inline powered, offers 20 dBm/1 dB gain compression point and has a low noise level of 10 dB. The model also compensates for passive splitters and combiners and is supplied with waterproof N-type connectors, making it resilient against harsh weather.

“We pride ourselves on not only providing the most resilient and reliable equipment, but also on our ability to custom design solutions for each customer’s needs,” said Dominic Overton, components sales executive at ETL Systems.