1.8m Vehicle-Mount / DriveAway Premium SNG/MIL Antennas

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1.8m Vehicle-Mount / DriveAway Premium SNG/MIL Antennas

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  • High precision azimuth bearing
  • Zero backlash AvL Cable Drive with 400° Az & 0-90° El movement

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AvL’s 1.8m vehicle-mount / drive away SNG antenna systems offer strong performance in a small, lightweight and low-profile package. The 1.8m antenna systems offer standard Ku-band, with L- and X-band optional. The antennas feature integrated GPS and level sensors for automatic vehicle tilt compensation.

AvL’s SNG antennas are designed to meet and exceed the highest performance requirements around the world to guarantee both satellite authority compliance and peak in performance, reliability and availability. Typically these antennas are used in signal contribution for high data rate and bandwidth as well as high power broadcast or similar applications.

AvL Vehicle-Mount / DriveAway Premium SNG/MIL Antenna Systems feature:

High-precision azimuth bearing

Non-load-bearing Carbon Fiber reflectors with surface treatment for Ka-Band

Integrated backing structure for minimized stow height

Wide booms to allow larger HPA envelope

Jog control or fully automatic auto-acquisition controllers

Feed options for Ku-, Ka- and X-band; optional C-band for international

RF electronic mounting either on feed boom, back of reflector, base, or inside vehicle

25ft (8m) RG59 coax and controller interconnect cables

Aerodynamic cowlings are available for some apertures


  • High precision azimuth bearing
  • Zero backlash AvL Cable Drive with 400° Az & 0-90° El movement
  • Non-load-bearing 1.8m AvL carbon fiber single-piece reflector with surface treatment for Ka-band
  • Integrated reflector backing structure for minimized stow height
  • Stows to 17.7" H (45 cm H)
  • Wide boom to allow large HPA envelope
  • Optional saddlebag mount for larger HPAs
  • High-torque elevation motor
  • Through-pedestal cross-axis waveguide kit
  • Optional Transmit Rotary Joint on Feed
  • Limited function 3-axis jog controller with auto-stow
  • Optional aerodynamic cowlings
  • The 1.8m vehicle-mount / drive away SNG/MIL antenna family includes the following models:
  • Model 1810 with 2-port precision Ku-band feed (standard Cross-Pol comp.); optional feeds include 2-port Ka (commercial or military), 2-port X, and 2-Port C
  • Model 1812 with 2-port mode-matched Ku feed (enhanced Cross-Pol comp.); optional feeds include 2-port Ka (commercial or military), 2-port X, and 2-Port C

Az/El Drive Motorized Zero Backlash AvL Cable Drive (Patent Pending)
Polarization Drive System Motorized Worm Drive
Reflector Construction 1.8m Single Piece AvL Carbon Fiber
Axis Travel
Azimuth Standard: 400°; Optional dual waveguide through pedestal: 270°
Elevation - Mechanical 0-90° antenna bore sight
Elevation - Electrical Standard limits at 5° to 65° (CE Approval) or 5° to 90°
Polarization ±95° for 2-port and 3-port Ku-Band Feeds; ±50° (100º Effective) for Dual Ku-Band, 4-port
Az/El Speed
Slewing/Deploying (typical) 2°/second
Peaking (typical) 0.1°/second
Motors 24 VDC Variable Speed, Constant Torque
RF Interface
BUC Mounting Feed boom (100 lbs.; Max BUC envelope: 30 L x 22 W x 9 H inches (76 L x 56 W x 23 H cm)) or inside truck
Axis Transition Twist-flex or optional rotary joints for Ku-Band; Pol rotary joint standard for C-Band
Waveguide WR75 Cover Flange at Interface Point
Coax RG59 run from feed to base plus 25 ft. (8m)
Electrical Interface 25 ft. (8 m) Cable with Connectors for Controller
Manual/Emergency Drive Hand crank on Az, El and Pol axes, leads from 12VDC Pol Motor
Weight 295 lbs. (134 kg)
Stowed Dimensions 100 L x 71.4 W x 18.2 H inches (254 L x 181 W x 46.2 H cm); H with opt. controller: 19.3 in (49cm)
Time to Acquisition Less than 15 minutes, 8 minutes typical
Mounting Optional pallet for vehicle roof mounting
Wind – Survival Deployed: 80 mph (128 kph); Stowed: 125 mph (201 kph)
Wind - Operational 30 mph (48 kph), gusts to 45 mph (72 kph)
Pointing Loss in Wind (Ku RX):
20 mph (32 kph) 0.1 dB typical
30 mph gusting to 45 mph
(48 kph gusting to 72 kph)
0.5 dB typical
Operational -22° to 125° F (-30° to 52° C)
Survival -40° to 140° F (-40° to 60° C)
Controller ► AvL AAQ
Features AvL one button auto-acquisition of selected satellites, including peaking and optimization of cross pol. Internal movement detector and automatic stow. Optional hand-held control and separate power supply. Certified for autocommissioning on most satellite services.
Size Embedded ACU with separate 1 Rack Unit Controller Interface Panel (CIP) power supply with LCD and keypad. 250 W and 500 W (1.6m and larger antennas) versions available.
CIP Input Power 120/240 VAC 60/50 Hz, 6/3 A Max. Power consumption is antenna size dependent: During acquisition 150 W or 300 W is typical, ~ 50 W Idle
Available Options, Upgrades & Services
  • Upgrade Feed to 3- or 4-Port Ku-Band, 2-Port C-Band, 2- or 4-Port Ka-Band, or 2-Port X-Band
  • Optional H/V switch (Ku Wideband)
  • Optional Rotary Joint on Pol Axis with opt. Flex W/G to BUC
  • Mounting Pallet (adds 4.5” (11.4 cm) to stow height)
  • Add BUC/HPA Mounting (NOTE: minimum elevation may be restricted by these options)
  • Upgrade to Custom RF/IF I/O cabling configurations available
  • Custom Colorization (contact factory for available colors)
  • Add Custom Logo on Reflector Face (1- or 2-Color; per AvL Logo Policy)
  • Spare Parts Kit
(View our PDF Datasheet for more information)

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