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IRG, GVF engage military on interference

Groups call for full support across chain in order to conquer problem rn

The Global VSAT Forum (GVF) and the Satellite Interference Reduction Group (IRG) have announced they are actively engaging the military in interference discussions and initiatives.

Satellite services are widely used by military commanders to provide key tactical communications capabilities to their forces anywhere in the world. Interference, either unintended or deliberate, is becoming a major threat to maintaining assured and reliable communications links.

“Interference is a potential issue for all satellite service users,” commented David Hartshorn, Secretary General of GVF. “However for the military, it can literally be a matter of life and death if valuable communication links are severed, even momentarily.”

As part of this global push, both groups will be joining Cobham Technical Services and Eutelsat for a pre-conference workshop alongside Global MilSatCom in London. The workshop, entitled ‘Conquering Interference: The Next Big SatCom Challenge’, takes place on November 4.

“We are keen to engage the military and get them involved in our interference prevention initiatives,” says Martin Coleman, Executive Director at IRG. “For these initiatives to work, we need full support from across the chain and the military is a crucial part of that. The workshop is the continuation of a wider campaign aimed at engaging the military.”