Viasat Releases New Black ICE Software Defined Radio Platform for Military Users

The new Black ICE SDRs are compatible with the Global Xpress network. Photo: Inmarsat, a Viasat company

Viasat launches a new family of modem solutions, the Black ICE Software Defined Radio product line. Black ICE SDR modem solutions can be integrated with off-the-shelf and custom waveforms for secure data transmission for critical operations.

Black ICE SDRs are designed to meet the needs of military users with security, flexibility, low form factor and high performance capabilities. They can be used for line-of-sight communications on manned and unmanned platforms, and in expeditionary command and control (C2) operations.

The Black ICE SDR product line is compatible with Inmarsat’s Elera L-band and Global Xpress networks. Inmarsat is now a Viasat company. Black ICE can be integrated into standard Global Xpress Ka-band terminals via G-MODMAN II and open platform modem management technology to enable the addition of a dedicated waveform service. US Government Global Xpress customers can also access alternative waveforms for the high data rates and resiliency needed in congested and contested environments. More complex waveforms will enter commercial use later in 2023.

“With the increasing use of beyond-line-of-sight communications as part of ISR and C2 missions, US government customers need a high-performance solution that maximizes platform range and reduces land, sea and air signatures,” commented Matt Wisler, Viasat Technical director of government systems. “The Black ICE SDR platform provides customers with solutions that enable flexible waveform integration and enable them to securely transmit large volumes of data while meeting the SWaP requirements of these platforms.”

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