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Airbus Defence and Space launches next generation naval satcom terminal – SCOTPatrol

• Lightest ever naval military satcom terminal, incorporating advanced materials and precision manufacturing

• Compact footprint above and below decks, providing smaller vessels with satcom capabilities

• Designed to operate in the most demanding sea conditions

Portsmouth, 22 March 2011 – Airbus Defence and Space has today launched its next generation naval terminal – SCOTPatrol – designed to extend satcom capabilities to smaller ships such as Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs).

With the capability to transmit large volumes of data over Ku, Ka and X bands, SCOTPatrol can act as a beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) relay for video, multispectral and radar imagery, from intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) assets such as helicopter UAVs.

SCOTPatrol is precision manufactured from carbon fibre which gives it a reduced magnetic footprint, exceptional strength to withstand shock, vibration and harsh operating environments, while making it the lightest ever naval satcom terminal of its type.

The reduced top-weight, together with a compact footprint above and below decks makes for easier integration on smaller vessels such as OPVs. In addition, through-life performance benefits can be derived from easier logistics and materials handling, and less stress on mechanical components such as motors and bearings.

Aidan Joy, Managing Director of Airbus Defence and Space Service’s Secure Satcom Systems, speaking at the launch of SCOTPatrol during the Offshore Patrol and Security conference said:

“Our customers have expressed a clear demand for satcom capabilities on smaller ships and patrol vessels deployed in today’s naval operations to harness the power of shared situational awareness and networked communication at broadband speeds.

“SCOTPatrol has been designed from the outset to address this requirement – resulting in the lightest ever naval specification satcom terminal.”

SCOTPatrol benefits from an advanced 3-axis stabilised platform designed to reject ship motion from harsh sea conditions, so that the antenna always remains accurately pointed at the satellite without the “keyhole effect” of 2-axis systems.

Building upon nearly 40 years of SCOT design heritage, SCOTPatrol is 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.

Airbus Defence and Space’ Secure Satcom Systems provides a full range of land, air and naval terminals including the renowned family of SCOT terminals that have been procured by 11 navies worldwide and have provided 24/7 connectivity in all weather conditions to over 200 ships worldwide. 



About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services.

In 2010, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover of €5 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 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 2010, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 45.8 billion and employed a workforce of nearly 122,000.


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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