08 October 2014: Inmarsat and TECOM, part of Smiths Microwave and a leader in innovative design and manufacturing of high-performance antenna systems, have established a Memorandum of Arrangement (MOA) to manufacture Global Xpress aviation terminals for the government market.
TECOM’s initial offering for the government aviation market is the recently-developed Ka-5000 SATCOM antenna system. This terminal will allow government aeronautical customers access to the high-speed wideband capabilities of the Inmarsat-5 Global Xpress satellite constellation in both the military and commercial Ka-bands.
The Ka-5000 features a special thermal management solution that enables government users to operate in a wide variety of operational scenarios. Additionally, the system’s multi-modem capability allows customers to use any desired network infrastructure, providing maximum flexibility.
“We are very pleased to work with Inmarsat to provide our affordable, leading edge line of SATCOM Tail Mount Antenna System products that offer broadband two-way connectivity to the government market,” said TECOM President Gene Joles.
“Inmarsat and TECOM have partnered for years in the L-band market, and we are excited about the possibilities the Ka-band market holds as Global Xpress enters worldwide commercial service in 2015.”
Peter Hadinger, President of Inmarsat’s US Government Business Unit, commented: “We are delighted about this arrangement with TECOM given their expertise in introducing innovative terminals for government aeronautical applications.
“Global Xpress is designed to fulfill the government user’s critical requirement for mobile, interoperable, high-throughput connectivity worldwide, and we look forward to utilizing that capability through our value-added partners, providing affordable solutions for this demanding market.”