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Airbus Defence and Space delivers the World Cup live to the Royal Navy

  • Naval personnel can watch the latest action from South Africa 

  • Paradigm’s Skynet 5 satellites used for all transmissions


23 June 2010, Portsmouth: With the FIFIA World Cup in full swing, Airbus Defence and Space, in partnership with its wholly owned subsidiary Paradigm, is bringing a series of live matches directly to the Royal Navy throughout the tournament.


Ahead of England’s next game with Slovenia, Airbus Defence and Space and Paradigm have increased capacity of their TOMS (Television Over Military Satellite) service to ensure that those on board Royal Navy vessels within the coverage area of the Skynet 5 satellites, can enjoy all the action from South Africa.


Airbus Defence and Space is enabling the Royal Navy to receive live World Cup games as they are transmitted via Airbus Defence and Space’s Secure Satcom Systems control centre in Portsmouth over the Paradigm-owned and operated UK military Skynet 5 satellites.


The TOMS broadcast service, which is installed onboard all of the Royal Navy’s ships equipped with the Airbus Defence and Space-built SCOT terminals, allows the broadcast of recreational television and news services, with programmes provided by the British Forces Broadcasting Service. Typically TOMS operates at a “normal” image quality rate, but, following the UK Ministry of Defence’s request for increased satellite bandwidth from Paradigm for the duration of the World Cup, the service has been upgraded to a “high” image quality, enabling high-quality coverage all the way to the final.


One of the ships to benefit from this extra service is the Royal Navy’s Flagship HMS Ark Royal, currently on overseas operations in the western Atlantic. As a user of the enhanced TOMS service, HMS Ark Royal can also transmit live reports to television news rooms, including the BBC and Sky News, to cover stories such as her current participation in Auriga 10 – a series of multi-national maritime exercises in the Atlantic.


Aidan Joy, Managing Director, Airbus Defence and Space Secure Satcom Systems, said:

“Over the next few weeks, the whole nation will be glued to the TV as we cheer on England and it’s great that our naval personnel can be a part of it.

“TOMS is a fantastic service that enables the Navy to stay up to speed with the latest news, current affairs and of course all the goals from the World Cup.”


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 the development and provision of secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security satellite communications equipment, geo-information products and services, and navigation services.


AIRBUS Group is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2009, AIRBUS Group 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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