Microwave Journal

Elisra Presents New Data Link Technology

August 6, 2009

Elisra, a leader in EW and wireless communication technologies, unveils its newly developed UAV data link systems at AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems North America 2009 Conference and Exhibition in Washington, DC, August 11-13. The company’s latest C-band Starlink and ADLS-2 solutions will be showcased, underscoring Elisra’s technological prowess in the UAV data link field.

Elisra’s C-band Starlink digital data link was designed for integration on tactical UAS and is now operational worldwide. The system delivers secure UAS-borne payload video images in real time to field commanders, dismounted troops and Special Operations Forces, providing them with critical reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities. Immune to jamming and interference, this data link system provides the best inner-link solutions for interference, multipath and coexistence. The C-band Starlink employs a Time Division Duplexing (TDD) method that produces high spectral efficiency (4 MHz per channel), operating in Single Frequency or Frequency Hopping modes with uplink and downlink traffic sharing the same frequency for efficient bandwidth use. Based on COTS technology, this latest-generation data link system operates at ranges between zero and 100 km.

Elisra’s expertise and experience in developing custom-tailored wireless communication systems has led to their in-house developed miniaturized Air Data Terminal (ADT). Besides its superior performance, this ADT is remarkable for its very low volume, weight and power consumption. The Ground Data Terminal (GDT) is mounted on a dual-axis tracking system, allowing easy tracking of the target UAS and extending the Line-of-Sight (LOS) communication range to 100 kilometers.