Ball Aerospace Continues Development of VHF Cosite Mitigation Equipment to Improve Tactical Communications Performance

May 12, 2005

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. recently conducted a successful test of its VHF Cosite Unit (VCU) onboard a Stryker combat vehicle mockup at the U.S. Army's Electronic Proving Ground (EPG), Ft. Huachuca, Arizona. The March test continues Ball Aerospace's state-of-the-art development of the VCU, which is designed to enable simultaneous use of four Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS) radios.

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Ball Aerospace designed the rugged, yet lightweight 36-lb. VCU to provide cosite mitigation for the U.S. Marine Corps' future Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV). It has broad applicability to a wide range of tactical military vehicles to substantially improve communications performance across the entire SINCGARS band. The Ball Aerospace VCU is currently configured for installation onboard highly mobile ground-based and littoral maritime platforms.

The VCU "helps ensure reliable communications for highly mobile forces in an increasingly complex and interconnected battlespace," says Mike Cerneck, vice president and general manager of defense operations for Ball Aerospace.

Ball Aerospace is an internationally recognized leader in the development and manufacture of advanced antennas and Radio Frequency (RF) communication subsystems for a wide variety of applications -- from systems mounted on land- based and maritime platforms, to airborne and space-based applications.

Ball Corporation is a supplier of metal and plastic packaging products, primarily for the beverage and food industries. The company also owns Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., which develops sensors, spacecraft, systems and components for government and commercial markets. Ball Corporation employs more than 13,200 people and reported 2004 sales of $5.4 billion.

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