BLACKRAY AIRBORNE High-Throughput SATCOM Systems for Long-Endurance UAS Missions
BlackRay Airborne
High-Throughput SATCOM Systems for
Long-Endurance UAS Missions

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) are often used for surveillance and reconnaissance in long-endurance operations and other types of information-gathering missions. As such, when missions extend Beyond Line of Sight (BLoS), satellite communication is the preferred way to enable broadband connectivity.

Gilat’s BlackRay Airborne family of UAS solutions consists of highly integrated airborne SATCOM terminals with minimal size, weight, and power (SWaP). Ideally suited to the needs of long-endurance BLoS operations for UAS’s of all sizes, BlackRay terminals enable high throughput communications for military or commercial applications. They comprise best-of-breed antenna, high-performance modem and BUC technologies developed and manufactured by Gilat. Modular system design facilitates customization to meet customer specifications in short time frames.

The BlackRay terminals utilize commercial, geostationary satellite capacity to provide full-duplex satellite communication, linking the UAS to its ground control station. The forward link provides command and control capabilities, while the return link transfers sensor data.

The BlackRay terminals can transmit at high speeds from the UAS for any IP-based voice, video or data BLoS application. Gilat offers a full range of SATCOM systems for Group 3, 4 and 5 UAS, operating in Ku-, Ka- and X- band, and available in different sizes and bit rates.

The BlackRay family of terminals include the following models:

  • BlackRay 71 – Ultra-compact form factor fits even the smallest UAS’s
  • BlackRay 71 Enhanced – Large panel enabling significantly higher bitrate
  • BlackRay Parabolic – High-throughput communication for medium to large UAS’s
  • BlackRay 72Ka – Smallest SATCOM system for UAS


Key Features and Benefits

  • Compact form factor enables long-endurance BLoS operations
  • Uninterrupted, high-throughput connectivity for military or commercial applications
  • Ruggedized lightweight terminal
  • Ku-, Ka- and X-band operation
  • Powered by Gilat’s commercial-grade or military-grade modem
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