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Combined MilSatCom/GX maritime terminal in development

Inmarsat has announced a new partnership with EM Solutions to develop the world’s first combined MilSatCom/Global Xpress (GX) maritime satcom terminal.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The new terminal is scheduled to receive full Inmarsat accreditation during Q2 2016 and will be submitted for Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) certification.

The hardware is initially being created for an Australian Government customer, and will include features like tracking via monopulse technology and the ability to switch between GX and MilSatCom systems.

The terminal will also be substantially lighter, lower cost and faster than any comparable MilSatCom device, Inmarsat says.

“Today’s announcement is a further example of Inmarsat’s strategy of responding quickly and effectively to customer demands. In this instance, the Australian Government customer was looking to increase the operational capabilities of their satellite communications within significant budget constraints and the requirement to reduce the footprint of satellite equipment on board its new vessels,” said Andy Start, president, Inmarsat Global Government.

“We are seeing a growing understanding within government satcom circles of the important role that commercial satellite communications can play in augmenting existing MilSatCom capabilities.  Partners, such as EM Solutions, play a vital role in helping us to develop new solutions, which are tailored specifically for government users.”

Based on its land mobile terminal for Ka-band, EM Solutions says that is also contracted to deliver a simultaneous X-band/Ka-band maritime terminal for another customer, which provided the baseline reference for the new programme in conjunction with Inmarsat.

This family of maritime terminals, known as the COBRA series, will also be further developed for other capabilities in the near future, the company added.{/mprestriction}

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