The Russian troops in Syria were spotted with a R-438M Belozer Mobile Satellite Communication Station.
The station is designed to provide satellite radio communications for units operating detached from the main forces, as well as for use as a commander’s personal station.
It provides a full autonomy of operation transmitting voice, digital, and text messages, automated functional testing, and interface with a wide range of peripheral devices through ports RS-232C, C1-FL-BI. The radio station can be carried by one person.
Back in August 2019, the Russian Ministry of Defense tested the work of the “military Internet” – data transmission within the framework of an autonomous network over ultra-long lines using encryption. Data exchange with a speed of 300 Mbps was carried out between field control points at a distance of more than 2 thousand km.
Information was transmitted over a local wireless network, which allows the exchange of large files, including in audio and video format. During the exercises that took place in the Central Military District, the Mobile Satellite Communications Station R-438-N Belozer was used.
The Ministry of Defense claims that the communication channels are protected from hacking, and the transmitted data is encrypted.
The R-438M Belozer Russian Mobile Satellite Communication Station, compared to the stations of the previous generation, the data speed has increased by several times.
On the move, the station is the size of a school backpack and can be carried by one person; it weighs 16 kg. Set up time is about 30 sec. The station provides formalized service communication and a secure telephone mode.
The station operates in the range of 4 GHz to 6 GHz. Data transfer rate is 1200 bps.
The advantages of satellite communication are a large range of reliable signals, especially in areas with difficult terrain, regardless of the weather conditions and time of day and year, and a highly secure protection.
Yaroslavl Radio Manufacturing Plant started production of the portable satellite radio station R-438 Barrier-T in 1998-2000 and the R-438M Belozer in 2002-2003.
The R-438M Belozer was used, in 2019, in military exercises and competitions, notably in March.
More than 100 military personnel took part in the competitions and special equipment was involved, including R-166 radio stations, R-149AKKS command-and-staff vehicles, MK-ZVKS secure mobile communications complex, R441LM satellite communications station, R-438M Belozer mobile satellite radio station and radio relay station R-419 L1.
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