Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space to provide satellite communications for the German navy

  • Airbus Defence and Space to deliver the satellite communication system to theGerman navy’s new F125 frigates
  • Latest generation of SCOT 6 naval terminals to provide secure high bandwidth  communications


Portsmouth, 2nd November 2009: Airbus Defence and Space has been awarded a contract by the F125 ARGE, a joint-venture of Thyssen-Krupp and Lürssen, to deliver the satellite communication system for the German navy’s four new F125 class frigates.  


The contract, which will be delivered by Airbus Defence and Space’s Secure Satcom Systems Division, will provide the F125 with the capability to conduct operations on a global scale by providing secure high bandwidth communications over Germany’s forthcoming SATCOM BW2 and other allied networks.


The latest generation of the SCOT family of naval terminals, the SCOT 6 system, provides unparalleled flexibility for the F125 and is capable of operations at SHF (X-Band) with dual X-Ku band growth options.


Logistics support for the F125’s planned two year deployments has been simplified by providing a high level of in-built redundancy which reduces on-board spares requirements. Combined with advanced user interfaces, this minimises maintenance and training requirements, reducing through life costs. The Airbus Defence and Space partnership with ATLAS ELEKTRONIK ensures that the F125 will have an unsurpassed level of support through its service life, allowing the F125 to meet its planned operational demands


The contract, awarded in September 2009, maintains Airbus Defence and Space’s position as the leading supplier of wideband satcom terminals to the world’s navies, and continues its longstanding relationship with both the German shipbuilding industry and the German navy. The SCOT 6 system builds on over 35 years designing and manufacturing naval satcom terminals proven to operate in the harshest environments.


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 shipborne, airborne and land-based terminals.  Airbus Defence and Space’s subsidiaries Paradigm in the UK and MilSatServices 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 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 delivery of satellite services.


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.


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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