Airbus Defence and Space

Sicherheit und Verteidigung Pressemitteilungen

Airbus Defence and Space showcases the latest products in secure satcoms

  • SmartDeploy: a comprehensive suite of network management tools

  • KeystoneProteus: the next-generation of secure satellite modem

  • MobilePatrol MPS450: fully automated man-portable satellite terminal


London, 08 November 2010Airbus Defence and Space, Europe’s largest space company, has today launched a range of innovative satcom products designed to optimise network efficiency, maximise bandwidth and increase mobility for their end-users.


SmartDeploy, KeystoneProteus and MobilePatrol MPS450 are three new products that have been developed by Airbus Defence and Space’ Secure Satcom Systems division, which has over 25 years of experience in the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of advanced satcom networks.


SmartDeploy is a comprehensive suite of tools designed to plan, implement, optimise and manage secure satcom networks. This means that the end-user can actively configure, control and monitor all elements of a specific network, enabling them to increase the efficiency and responsiveness of the network to operational changes. SmartDeploy is scalable, modular and flexible, enabling easy integration into existing satcom operations.


KeystoneProteus is a next-generation satellite modem for secure military communications. Designed for fixed, land mobile, airborne and naval platforms, KeystoneProteus maximises satellite bandwidth efficiency and data throughput while offering robust protection against jamming and interception.


The modem uses software-defined radio (SDR) principles to offer unparalleled flexibility, lower through life costs and the means to maintain interoperability as network-centric architectures evolve.


MobilePatrol MPS450 is a compact, fully automated man-portable satellite terminal, requiring no assembly and featuring rapid single button deployment. The unit is simple to use, lightweight and small enough to be transported as checked baggage. It is ideally suited to provide secure global communications for military or government personnel operating in remote or hostile environments.


Aidan Joy, Managing Director of Airbus Defence and Space’ Secure Satcom Systems, speaking at the launch of these products at Global MilSatCom in London said:


“Today’s satcom networks have become critical to front line operations, and as such they need to be highly responsive to changes in priority, connectivity, capacity and security.


“This latest product offering from Airbus Defence and Space means that we can provide our customers with comprehensive control over their networks while maintaining flexibility; increase the throughput of their networks, without compromising security; and ensure their connectivity wherever the location.”


These products are the latest example of Airbus Defence and Space’s position as the leading European supplier of high-security satellite communications equipment and networks, with decades of experience in the design, manufacture and test of hardened spacecraft and high-technology secure communications systems.



About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space, a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, is dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services. In 2009, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover of €4.8 billion and more than 15,000 employees in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands. Its three main areas of activity are Airbus Defence and Space for launchers and orbital infrastructure, Airbus Defence and Space for spacecraft and ground segment, and Airbus Defence and Space for comprehensive end-to-end value-added solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security satellite communications equipment, bespoke geo-information and navigation services worldwide.


AIRBUS Group is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2009, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 42.8 billion and employed a workforce of more than 119,000.



Press contacts:

Daniel Mosely (Airbus Defence and Space UK)                                                      Tel.: +44 (0)1 438 77 8180

Matthieu Duvelleroy (Airbus Defence and Space FR)                                              Tel.: +33 (0) 1 77 75 80 32

Ralph Heinrich (Airbus Defence and Space GER)                                                   Tel.: +49 (0) 89 607 33971

Francisco Lechón (Airbus Defence and Space SP)                                                 Tel.: +34 91 586 37 41

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