"SOCOM forces obtained communications that met or exceeded capabilities offered by legacy tactical satellite systems during the demonstration,"
Harris Corporation Showcases Emerging Capabilities in High-Frequency Tactical Communications - WSJ.com
From someone whom used to work Military Communications on active duty and in the reserves, this beats satellite communications how?
Encrypted satellite radio communications and burst transmitters.......broadcasting point to point, a message sent in a second or less from one satellite to another, is less likely to be intercepted than using HF tactical communications. SOCOM uses radios, using only the absolute power needed to get the signal from one point to its destination. Using relay messages to get the radio message from point A to point B - So they don't ...as the saying goes...broadcast to the world. Satellite communications ( and in some cases burst transmitters ) is very - very common in SOCOM and Intelligence units.....at least from where I come from. The best way to get a radio message from point A to point B ; using the method that commits to the least likely chance of interception..... is used ; HENCE satellite radios.
There are manpack radios in the military ( no secret ) that can broadcast on multiple bands.
I cannot speak for a lot of SOCOM units, but I can speak for U.S. Army Special Forces and a few U.S. Air Force Special Ops units - In that they trust ONLY themselves. Smart thinking and rational...especially when Special Operations wrote the book on not only operations security, but communications security.
Smart rational in trusting only yourself and your IMMEDFIATE co-workers. When your life, the success of the mission, and your extraction back to friendly terriroty is paramount and at risks.......TRUST is everything
HF tactical comms on the battlefield? HF tactical comms on the battle field for primary radio comms, involving Special Operations? :roll:
FF- Medic !!