Airbus to provide tactical satellite communications services to Belgium MoD.
Airbus recently announced a 15-year contract with the Belgian Ministry of Defence to provide tactical satellite communications services. The service will be provided through the Airbus UHF (Ultra High Frequency) military communications hosted payload on-board a commercial telecommunications satellite. The UHF communications service is expected to launch in 2024 and will serve European countries and NATO allies.
The UHF payload will be operated from Airbus’s Network Operations Centre in Toulouse and its 18 UHF channels will enable up to 200 simultaneous communications over Europe, the Middle East, Africa, large parts of Asia, as well as the Atlantic Ocean (to eastern Brazil) and the Indian Ocean (to western Australia).
The UHF band is preferred by militaries due to its flexibility and secure means of communication. The global UHF frequency band capacity shortage makes this service even more important.
Airbus is a leading aerospace and defense company based in Herndon, Virginia. They have a strong focus on innovation and are committed to providing customers with the latest technology. They are constantly pushing the boundaries of what is possible and developing solutions to address the most challenging problems.
This contract with the Belgian Ministry of Defence is yet another example of Airbus’ commitment to providing reliable and secure communication solutions. They are helping to bridge the gap between the current UHF frequency band capacity shortage and the needs of militaries around the world.