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Gilat Showcases its Lightweight Compact Satellite Communication Solution for UAV at AUVSI 2012

Highly integrated solution breaks new ground in size and weight, allowing BLoS operation for very small UAV platforms Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ: GILT), a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced today that it will be displaying its new integrated Ku-band airborne satellite communication solution for UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) at AUVSI 2012.

Gilat will be displaying its UAV solution, together with additional SOTM products, at the upcoming AUVSI (Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International) show, taking place August 7 to 9, 2012 in Las Vegas, NV, Booth #3315.

Weighing only 22lb (10.5 kg) and capable of transmitting 1Mbps of IP-based data, Gilat’s UAV solution is comprised of a ruggedized spread spectrum satellite modem; a two-way, on-the-move, flat panel tracking antenna; and a compact 40W Ku-band block up-converter (BUC) and power amplifier. The tightly integrated solution provides a lightweight, compact and low-power terminal that is ideal for airborne applications and can be tailored to meet varied end-user specifications and requirements. The miniature dimensions of the solution allow BLoS (Beyond Line of Sight) operations for very small UAV platforms.

“Gilat’s UAV solution addresses the defense and military market’s critical need to exploit the full capabilities of the airframe’s operational range,” said Brigadier General (Res.) Moshe Tamir, Gilat’s Vice President of Defense and Security Division. “Featuring what we believe is the industry’s smallest and most compact aerial solution in its category, the solution can dramatically increase mission effectiveness.” In developing the airborne solution, Gilat set out to reduce both its cost and weight while safeguarding its high performance capabilities. “The UAV system was developed in-house and allowed us to find the optimal balance of overall performance versus cost,” stated Tamir. “Having all critical technologies in-house enabled us to address the critical need of our customers for reduced size and weight, all while offering an affordable, tightly integrated solution with very short customization times.”

Solution highlights:

– The two-way, flat panel tracking antenna is a very compact and lightweight broadband mobile antenna. Part of the RaySat StealthRayTM family of products, it includes a 6 inch broadband array which tracks any Ku-band satellite position. The antenna can support high broadband user experience of up to 1 Mbps transmit and 2 Mbps receive. The solution can be customized to fit additional size antennas. – Featuring performance among the best in the industry, the ruggedized spread spectrum MLT-1000 satellite modem supports very low SNR (signal to noise ratio) of -13dB, optimally integrating with the small aperture dimensions of the tracking antenna. – The 40W BUC, part of the Company’s Wavestream line of products, delivers high output-power with low power-draw in a compact and lightweight enclosure.

Additional Gilat products on show at AUVSI 2012:

– MLT-1000 military satellite modem: fast-to-deploy, easy-to-operate military modem that meets the most rugged specifications. Setting a new standard for mission flexibility, MLT-1000 delivers high-speed satellite communications for on-the-move, stationary, point-to-point (SCPC), and point-to-multipoint (managed MCPC) operations. – RaySat StealthRayTM 200 antenna: compact two-way, low-profile, in-motion satellite antenna with enhanced performance panel technology, compatible with any external BUC. – Wavestream power amplifiers and BUCs: including airborne qualified military and commercial AeroStream Transceiver; 80W and 200W X-band BUCs, 25W and 40W Ka-band Matchbox BUCs, and Ku-band Deck Power Amplifier.

About Gilat

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd (NASDAQ, TASE: GILT) is a leading provider of products and services for satellite-based broadband communications. Gilat develops and markets a wide range of high-performance satellite ground segment equipment and VSATs, with an increasing focus on the consumer and Ka-band market. In addition, Gilat enables mobile SOTM (Satellite-on-the-Move) solutions providing low-profile antennas, next generation solid-state power amplifiers and modems. Gilat also provides managed network and satellite-based services for rural telephony and Internet access via its subsidiaries in the United States, Peru and Colombia. With over 25 years of experience, and over a million products shipped to more than 85 countries, Gilat has provided enterprises, service providers and operators with efficient and reliable satellite-based connectivity solutions, including cellular backhaul, banking, retail, e-government and rural communication networks. Gilat also enables leading defense, public security and news organizations to implement advanced, on-the-move tactical communications on board their land, air and sea fleets using Gilat’s high-performance SOTM solutions. For more information, please visit us at www.gilat.com

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