Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space delivers first set of satcom equipments to Aselsan for Turkish Navy's MILGEM programme

Ankara, 30th July 2009 – Airbus Defence and Space Services’ Secure Satcom Systems division has delivered the first set of satcom equipments to Aselsan for the first of class MILGEM, the prestigious Turkish National corvette programme.

The Airbus Defence and Space delivery comprises a set of equipments based on Airbus Defence and Space’s Mini-SCOT naval terminal. Aselsan, as the prime contractor for the MILGEM satcom suite, are responsible for system design and software development of the terminal and the control station, assembly, integration and test of the terminals as well as the installation, acceptance and test on board and system delivery.

Aselsan and Airbus Defence and Space have previously supplied 16 sets of GEMI shipborne terminals, for the Meko and Perry Class ships, under the Turkish Military Satellite Communications System (TMSCS) project.


 TMSCS, in conjunction with the Turkish Armed Forces Integrated Communications System (TAFICS) provides the military satcom ground infrastructure, enabling a fully integrated tri-services communications network.  MILGEM will gain access to this infrastructure with the provision of full communication services including voice, data and imagery transmission.

The Turkish Navy currently has the additional benefit, within TMSCS, of a separate three-channel direct satellite communications fixed ground terminal known as SABIT, used for direct communication with ships.  Aselsan, as the prime contractor and Airbus Defence and Space, as the sub-contractor were favoured by Savunma Sanayii MüsteÅŸarliÄŸi (SSM) with a further order in 2008 to supply a second SABIT terminal, with enhanced features including a 5 channel capability and installation in an EMP protected building.  Delivery of the SABIT equipment to Aselsan by Airbus Defence and Space is scheduled for 2009.

Technology transfer

 During the implementation phase of the TMSCS system, Airbus Defence and Space provided significant technology transfer to Aselsan covering sub-systems manufacture, system design, integration and operation, and continues to support the long term military and industrial ambitions of Turkey.  

Airbus Defence and Space employs Turkish software and support skills

Airbus Defence and Space entered in to a joint venture company in Ankara, Communications Space Technology, which is providing local software and technical support skills for the TMSCS and MILGEM programmes. The JV team has undertaken key software tasks, particularly for network management systems which are utilised in other Airbus Defence and Space programmes in the international arena.

About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space offers a complete range of satellite communications solutions for both government and commercial markets. Design and manufacturing expertise covers satellite systems as well as a comprehensive range of ship borne, airborne and land-based terminals. Airbus Defence and Space’s subsidiaries, Paradigm in the UK and MilSat Services in Germany, provide end-to-end SATCOM services to government and military customers.

Airbus Defence and Space, a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, is dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services. In 2008, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover of €4.3 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 Airbus Defence and Space for the development and delivery of satellite services and ground segment infrastructure.

AIRBUS Group is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2008, AIRBUS Group generated revenues of €43.3 billion and employed a workforce of more than 118, 000.


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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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