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Airbus Defence and Space adds Yahsat’s Military Ka-Band to its multi-band offering to the US Government

Service provided by UAE-owned Yahsat

6 May 2013 – Washington, D.C. – Airbus Defence and Space Americas announced today that its subsidiary, Airbus Defence and Space Government, Inc., will offer UAE-owned Yahsat Military Ka-Band service to the US government. This service allows any US government or Department of Defense end user to utilise Yahsat Military Ka-Band capacity that is compatible with the Wideband Global Satellite (WGS) constellation for greater global coverage and reliability.

Airbus Defence and Space was the prime contractor for the construction of the Yahsat satellite fleet. Airbus Defence and Space will provide end-to-end services using Yahsat Military Ka-Band capacity in order to meet DoD requirements on contract vehicles such as the Defense Information System Agency’s Future Commercial Satellite Communications (COMSATCOM) Services Acquisition (FCSA) program. This deal deepens Airbus Defence and Space’ commitment to be the leading provider of COMSATCOM and MILSATCOM services to the US government.

“Yahsat selected Airbus Defence and Space due to our extensive experience in building satellites and selling  satcom services to many armed forces worldwide as well as our strong history and relationships with the US government market,” said Bob Baker, heading Airbus Defence and Space Government, Inc. “We build end-to-end solutions that meet the government’s need for interoperable, secure, satellite services, and Yahsat’s Military Ka-Band will be another tool for us to utilise in designing the right solution for our customers mission requirements.”

Airbus Defence and Space Government, Inc., a trusted provider of COMSATCOM and MILSATCOM solutions to the U.S. government, is a leading operator of customised and secure end-to-end satellite communications services. Headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, Airbus Defence and Space Government, Inc. delivers a full portfolio of fixed satellite solutions (X-Band, C-Band, Ku-Band and now Yahsat’s Military Ka-Band) and mobile satellite solutions (Inmarsat, Thuraya, and Iridium) to the U.S. government and military for their most critical missions. Formerly known as Vizada, Inc., Airbus Defence and Space Government, Inc. is the point of contact in North America for Airbus Defence and Space’ Skynet solutions.

For government customers, Airbus Defence and Space provides communications services through a one-stop-shop provisioning arrangement. The company’s solutions are cost-effective, secure and scalable with Quality of Service (QoS) that is guaranteed to support the most critical missions including COTM, asset tracking, troop welfare, infrastructure design and operation, and civil security.

About Airbus Defence and Space Americas

Airbus Defence and Space Americas, an AIRBUS Group North America company, was incorporated in July 2012 and is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It provides Airbus Defence and Space’s advanced telecommunications, geo-information, space transportation and satellite capabilities specifically tailored to meet the demanding requirements of US and Canadian customers.

About AIRBUS Group North America

AIRBUS Group North America is the US-based operation of AIRBUS Group, a global leader in aerospace, defense, and related services. AIRBUS Group contributes more than $14 billion to the US economy annually and supports over 225,000 American jobs through its network of suppliers. AIRBUS Group North America, headquartered in Herndon, Va., offers a broad array of advanced solutions to meet US military and commercial requirements, including fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, homeland security systems, public safety communications, defence electronics and avionics, and threat detection systems.

About Airbus Defence and Space

Together, pioneering excellence

Airbus Defence and Space is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and the third in the world. It is the only global company that covers the full range of civil and defence space systems, equipment and services.

In 2012, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover over €5.8 billion and 18,000 employees worldwide.

Its three business units are: Airbus Defence and Space, the European prime contractor for launchers, orbital systems and space exploration; Airbus Defence and Space, a leading provider of satellite system solutions, including spacecraft, ground segments, payloads and equipments; Airbus Defence and Space, the space services partner for critical missions, providing comprehensive fixed and mobile solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, and bespoke geo-information services, worldwide.

Airbus Defence and Space is a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2012, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of €56.5 billion and employed a workforce of over 140,000.

Press contacts:

Melina Sirimson (Airbus Defence and Space Government, Inc.)                   Tel: +1 301 838 7802

Jeremy Close (Airbus Defence and Space)                                                            Tel.: +44 (0)1438 773872

Quentin Hunstad (AIRBUS Group North America, Airbus Defence and Space Americas)             Tel.: +1 703 466 5779


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