14 November 2013: Inmarsat has signed US-based Tampa Microwave as a land satellite terminals partner for the new Global Xpress (GX) satellite network.
Tampa is a leading supplier of tactical satellite communications terminals and related products for defence, government and commercial customers.
Its family of manpack terminals – designed for mobile operations requiring a rugged, lightweight terminal which can fit in a backpack – is already highly regarded and used by US Special Forces.
Following Inmarsat type-approval, its 65cm aperture COTS manpack terminal will offer government customers access to the GX network.
“Inmarsat is pleased to include Tampa Microwave as a supplier of land terminals for our Global Xpress network,” said Peter Hadinger, President of Inmarsat’s US Government Business.
“We intend to qualify the lightweight, portable terminal for Global Xpress operation over a tuning range of up to 1GHz, and to deliver a market-leading end-to-end, military-grade satellite communications solution.
“While Tampa’s government customers have long relied on their terminals for military use, they will soon benefit from global high-rate secure operations introduced across the GX network.”
Inmarsat’s GX terminals are specifically designed for high-performance operation in the Ka-band.
Scheduled to achieve full global coverage by the end of 2014, GX will be the world’s first global Ka-band network, delivering unmatched broadband access to mobile users.
Tampa Microwave: www.tampamicrowave.com