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Watchk eeper

Tac tic a l Com mon Data Link s
Providing Extensive Networked Capability for UAVs
Cubic is delivering its Tactical Common Data Link (TCDL) for the UK Ministry of
Defense’s (MOD) WATCHKEEPER Unmanned Aerial Vehicle program.Recognized
as Europe’s largest and most extensive UAV program, WATCHKEEPER provides
Cubic’s high-speed TCDL
serves as the wireless connection for
transferring data and images from
UAVs to ground control stations.

the British Forces with essential intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and
reconnaissance capabilities.
Cubic’s high-speed TCDL serves as the wireless connection for transferring data
and images from UAVs to ground control stations. The WATCHKEEPER Program is
designed to meet the MOD’s requirement for a network-enabled unmanned aerial
vehicle system. The WATCHKEEPER system provides continuous surveillance in
all weather conditions, and eliminates the need to deploy aircrews into sensitive or
harmful environments.
Cubic’s TCDL provides reliable, flexible, high-speed data connections for
WATCHKEEPER. Using digital signal processing, the TCDL accepts and processes
the high-volume sensor data generated on the air vehicle for transmission to ground
stations. A simultaneous uplink transmits control commands to the air vehicle and its
payload.

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4 lbs. An omnidirectional antenna is included for close-in operation and pre-mission checkout.71 Mbps • Transmit Power 10 Watts • Transmit Mode Full-duplex • Interfaces Dual Ethernet channels Analog audio (input & output) Analog wideo and control (input & output) • Encryption UK Physical Characteristics • Size • Weight • Power Consumption • Primary Power • Vibration & Shock • EMI/EMC • Temperature Case 1: 18” x 36. 301 W avg. ensuring it reliably points at the airborne transmitter. A ir Data Ter m in a l (A DT) G round Data Ter m in a l (G DT) Performance Characteristics Performance Characteristics • Frequency Ku-band (transmit & receive) • Data Rate 200 kbps – 10.6 dBi • Data Rate 200 kbps – 10. The aircraft can use optical.8” x 26. 726 W peak 28 VDC DEF STAN 00-35 DEF STAN 59-41 -34º C to +71º C 9333 Balboa Ave.7” Heaviest fully loaded case: 106 lbs. Optical cables allow placing the antenna hundreds of meters away from the ground station itself to improve visibility into the operating area.3” x 17.7 lbs.3” h 24. this medium-size UAV can stay airborne for almost 20 hours.6” w x 15. 215 W maximum 28 VDC DEF STAN 00-35 DEF STAN 59-41 -34º C to +50º C • Frequency Ku-band (transmit & receive) • Antenna Gain 39.3” Case 3: 27.3” Case 2: 23” x 39” x 17. Its real-time data feeds offer commanders greater situational awareness and operational flexibility than earlier tactical platforms.The surveillance platform for WATCHKEEPER is the WK 450 UAV.3” x 19. The Ground Data Terminal uses a high-gain reflector antenna that collapses into bespoke transit cases for easy and rapid transport as needed to serve mobile operations. infrared.71 Mbps • Transmit Power 10 Watts • Transmit Mode Full-duplex • Interfaces Dual Ethernet channels Analog audio (input & output) Analog video and control (input & output) • Encryption UK Physical Characteristics • Size • Weight • Power Consumption • Primary Power • Vibration & Shock • EMI/EMC • Temperature 14.9” l x 7. The antenna features automatic signal tracking. Key Features Cubic’s WATCHKEEPER wide-band data link consists of an air terminal and a ground terminal sharing analog and programmable digital components. • San Diego. Based on the Elbit Systems Hermes 450. day or night. and radar sensors to observe stationary and moving targets in all weather conditions. The Air Data Terminal is packaged for light weight and includes a rugged isolation tray to protect it from shock and vibration. California • USA • Phone 858-277-6780 • Fax 858-505-1523 Copyright © 04/13 • CDA 11738_009 Air • Cleared by DoD/OSR for Public Release under 13-S-1840 on 5/2/13 . Total: 302.