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Airbus Defence and Space to provide military X-band satcoms to six UK Royal Navy vessels

• UK Ministry of Defence contracts Airbus Defence and Space Services to enhance six Royal Navy vessels with military X-band satellite communications via the Skynet 5 constellation

• Contract will utilise Airbus Defence and Space Services’ SCOTPatrol, the company’s next generation, lightweight, small naval satellite communications terminal

• A further six vessels will also be made capable of receiving the same capability as necessary

• Airbus Defence and Space Services is the world’s number one private-sector MilSatCom service supplier and provider of telecommunications services to the most modern armed forces around the world

27 November 2012 – Airbus Defence and Space has received an order to fit six UK Royal Navy mine countermeasure vessels with a military X-band satellite communications capability via the Skynet 5 constellation. This will be achieved by fitting Airbus Defence and Space’ latest milspec maritime satellite terminals. Known as Deployable Maritime Milsat (DMM), this project will allow vessels that were previously unable to use X-band satcom to take advantage of the extra protection and assurance that is provided by the Skynet 5 system. A further six vessels will be made ready to receive the same terminals at short notice should their future role require it.

To be delivered over five years, this programme will fit selected Royal Navy Mine Counter Measures Vessels with all of the satellite terminals and baseband equipment to allow them to fully integrate into Future Force Structure 2020. The satellite terminal that has been selected for this important programme is Airbus Defence and Space’ SCOTPatrol 0.8 metre terminal, which draws on the heritage of the highly successful SCOT 5 terminals that are fitted to the Royal Navy’s larger warships. This next generation naval satellite communications terminal is lighter and requires less maintenance, making it ideal for smaller ships. The terminal will be integrated with the Airbus Defence and Space Skynet 5 Satellite Ground Terminal architecture and will take advantage of a new IP based Global Interconnect Network that Airbus Defence and Space are rolling out.

Simon Kershaw, Executive Director Government Communications at Airbus Defence and Space said: “It is important that our Armed Forces have the most advanced capabilities possible and we are very pleased to be able to deliver this programme. It will enable these vessels to play a full part in future operations. This programme is the result of an excellent joint working initiative that has seen Airbus Defence and Space working closely with the Royal Navy to design, test and deliver this important capability in a very short time frame. It is an example of how close working relationships can develop and deliver the goods in a long term stable contract. The Skynet 5 programme is now ten years in and has become an example of how industry can work with the MOD in a service delivery programme.”

As the world’s first commercial provider of military communications services, Airbus Defence and Space already enables governments and the military to procure secure communications as and when required, primarily to the UK Ministry of Defence under the Skynet 5 contract, signed in October 2003. Skynet 5 provides the UK Armed Forces with satellite communications worldwide. The contract runs until 2022.


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 51 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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