Ball Aerospace Demonstrates Prototype X-Band SATCOM on-the-Move Phased Array Antenna


BOULDER, Colo. - Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has successfully demonstrated its Mobile Multifunction Low-Cost Array (MMLCA) system, a prototype X-band SATCOM On-the-Move (SOTM) phased array antenna, at the U.S. Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground facility, Aberdeen, MD. The MMLCA system was developed for the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to demonstrate high data rate communications with military and commercial satellite systems. The system was developed under ONR's FORCEnet Future Naval Capabilities program.

MMLCA is a self-contained low profile antenna system with no rotating parts for use by a variety of military combat vehicles and platforms. The system enables current and future military platforms to reduce the number of necessary antennas, provide better antenna coverage, and lower the overall silhouette of vehicles. Refinements identified during testing will be incorporated prior to fielding the system in an operational theater.

"MMLCA is significantly more rugged than competing conventional designs making it more impervious to weather and battlefield operations," said Jim Oschmann, Ball Aerospace Vice President and General Manager for Tactical Solutions. "Additionally, it incorporates the advantages found in advanced phased array antennas including a lower profile design for hemispherical coverage, high-reliability, and lower total ownership cost."

Ball Aerospace designs and develops low observable, conformal and phased array antenna technology for various military platforms including aircraft, missiles, land vehicles, ships, small craft and space applications.

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. supports critical missions for national agencies such as the Department of Defense, NASA, NOAA and other U.S. government and commercial entities. The company develops and manufactures spacecraft, advanced instruments and sensors, components, data exploitation systems and RF solutions for strategic, tactical and scientific applications. For more information visit www.ballaerospace.com.

Ball Corporation (NYSE:BLL) is a supplier of high quality packaging for beverage, food and household products customers, and of aerospace and other technologies and services, primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ more than 14,500 people worldwide and reported 2011 sales of more than $8.6 billion. For the latest Ball news and for other company information, please visit www.ball.com.

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