July 1, 2008

Expand Networks Optimizes US Air Force JSTARS Aircraft

Expand Networks, a provider of WAN optimization solutions for mobile networks, has announced that Northrop Grumman and the US Air Force have integrated the Accelerator 4820 and Accelerator 6940 into the joint surveillance target attack radar system beyond line of sight communication system to provide application acceleration and bandwidth optimization.

Deployed in production, joint surveillance target attack radar system (Joint STARS) aircraft and ground stations, Expand Networks Accelerators enhance the functionality of the Joint STARS beyond line of sight (BLOS) communications architecture by providing the BLOS system with accelerated WAN performance to minimize bandwidth requirements for internet protocol traffic.

The E-8C Joint STARS is an airborne battle management, command and control, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance platform. Its primary mission is to provide theater ground and air commanders with ground surveillance to support attack operations and targeting that contributes to the delay, disruption and destruction of enemy forces. According to the company, the accelerators mitigate the effects of latency and ensure that all applications receive adequate capacity.

Howard Teicher, Expand Network's vice president for public sector and satellite markets, said: "Expand Networks has long and widespread experience with national security communications programs in the air, at sea and on land. Operating enterprise-class applications over low bandwidth-high latency satellite links demands a dynamic, robust WAN Optimization capability to satisfy the users' performance requirements."