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Airbus Defence and Space receives secure airborne satcom contract from Yahsat

• Contract covers modems, baseband equipment, cryptos, network management and ground segment

9 May 2012 - Airbus Defence and Space, Europe’s leading space company, has been awarded a contract to provide airborne satcom systems from Star Satellite Communications Company, a subsidiary of Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat).

Initially Airbus Defence and Space will supply Yahsat with airborne systems comprising modems, baseband equipment, cryptos, network management and ground segment. The system will help overcome the increasing requirement and demand for secure, high speed transmission of data in the area.

“Partnering with Airbus Defence and Space allows Yahsat to benefit from the assurance and expertise of an industry leader; with a proven track record in satellite communications applications and technologies", Rashed Al Ghafri, General Manager of YahService, said.

"This agreement will enable us to provide the most advanced technologies in satellite communications to support the UAE's airborne assets", he added.

Aidan Joy, Executive Director of Airbus Defence and Space’ Satcom Systems and Solutions said: “We are delighted to partner with Yahsat to offer airborne satcom systems based on our state-of-the-art technology and systems capability”.

And added: “We are confident that Yahsat’s aeronautical customers will appreciate the performance, value and operational benefits of the airborne systems”.


About Al Yah Satellite Communications Company PrJSC “Yahsat” -

Yahsat provides multipurpose satellite solutions (government and commercial) for broadband, broadcast, military and Communications use across the Middle East, Africa and South West Asia. Based in Abu Dhabi, and wholly owned by Mubadala. Yahsat is the first company in the Middle East and Africa to offer multi-purpose satellite services:

  • YahClick - the satellite broadband service
  • YahSecure - the government satellite service
  • YahLink - the satellite connectivity service
  • YahService - end to end satellite solutions
  • YahCarrier – satellite solutions for telecommunications carriers


About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and the third in the world. In 2011, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover close to €5 billion and 18,000 employees worldwide, mainly in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands.

Airbus Defence and Space is the sole European company that covers the whole range of civil and defence space systems and services.

Its three business units are: Airbus Defence and Space for launchers and orbital infrastructure; Airbus Defence and Space for spacecraft and ground segment;  Airbus Defence and Space for comprehensive fixed and mobile end-to-end solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security and broadcast satellite communications equipment and systems, 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 2011, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 49.1 billion and employed a workforce of over 133,000.



Press contacts:

Jeremy Close (Airbus Defence and Space UK)                                                       Tel.: +44 (0)1 438 77 3872

Gregory Gavroy (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