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Airbus Defence and Space to support Royal Navy’s satcoms

  • Airbus Defence and Space Secure Satcom Systems awarded support contract for Type 45 Destroyers

  • Secure Satcom Systems provides Royal Navy with 24/7 technical support


Stevenage 21 June 2010 - Airbus Defence and Space’ Secure Satcom Systems division has been awarded a contract worth £2 million to provide technical support for the shipborne communications terminals (SCOTMission) onboard the Royal Navy’s (RN) latest class of Destroyers.


Secure Satcom Systems will provide a full range of specialised expertise and high-level satcom maintenance for the RN’s fleet of Type 45 Destroyers. This will provide the RN with 24/7 technical support and worldwide field service engineering, designed to deliver optimised system availability.


The SCOTMission communications terminals, designed and manufactured by Secure Satcom Systems, provide high data rate broadband transmission and reception of naval operational communications with uninterrupted operation under the most adverse weather and sea conditions. This includes voice, fax, command and support data, imagery, Internet, e-mail, broadcast and welfare services. SCOTMission terminals have a unique three-axis, fully balanced and stabilised antenna system and are configured according to specific user requirements. SCOTMission has been procured by 11 navies worldwide and has been fitted to over 140 ships.


Aidan Joy, Managing Director, Secure Satcoms Systems, said:

“Our technical experts support hundreds of ships around the world from the Atlantic to the Pacific. This latest contract to support the Type 45 Destroyers will ensure that the Royal Navy’s satcom requirements are effectively met anywhere on our oceans.”


The contract has been awarded by Paradigm, a wholly owned subsidiary of Airbus Defence and Space, established to deliver milsatcom services to the UK Ministry of Defence,



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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