Astrium receives secure airborne satcom contract from Yahsat
Contract covers modems, baseband equipment, cryptos, network management and ground segment
09 May 2012
Astrium, Europe’s leading space company, has been awarded a contract to provide airborne satcom systems from Star Satellite Communications Company, a subsidiary of Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat).
Initially Astrium Services will supply Yahsat with airborne systems comprising modems, baseband equipment, cryptos, network management and ground segment. The system will help overcome the increasing requirement and demand for secure, high speed transmission of data in the area.
“Partnering with Astrium Services allows Yahsat to benefit from the assurance and expertise of an industry leader; with a proven track record in satellite communications applications and technologies”, Rashed Al Ghafri, General Manager of YahService, said.
“This agreement will enable us to provide the most advanced technologies in satellite communications to support the UAE’s airborne assets”, he added.
Aidan Joy, Executive Director of Astrium Services’ Satcom Systems and Solutions said: “We are delighted to partner with Yahsat to offer airborne satcom systems based on our state-of-the-art technology and systems capability”.
And added: “We are confident that Yahsat’s aeronautical customers will appreciate the performance, value and operational benefits of the airborne systems”.
About Al Yah Satellite Communications Company PrJSC “Yahsat” - www.yahsat.ae
Yahsat provides multipurpose satellite solutions (government and commercial) for broadband, broadcast, military and Communications use across the Middle East, Africa and South West Asia. Based in Abu Dhabi, and wholly owned by Mubadala. Yahsat is the first company in the Middle East and Africa to offer multi-purpose satellite services:
- YahClick - the satellite broadband service
- YahSecure - the government satellite service
- YahLink - the satellite connectivity service
- YahService - end to end satellite solutions
- YahCarrier – satellite solutions for telecommunications carriers
Astrium is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and the third in the world. In 2011, Astrium had a turnover close to €5 billion and 18,000 employees worldwide, mainly in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands.
Astrium is the sole European company that covers the whole range of civil and defence space systems and services.
Its three business units are: Astrium Space Transportation for launchers and orbital infrastructure; Astrium Satellites for spacecraft and ground segment; Astrium Services for comprehensive fixed and mobile end-to-end solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security and broadcast satellite communications equipment and systems, and bespoke geo-information services, worldwide.
Astrium is a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2011, the Group – comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 49.1 billion and employed a workforce of over 133,000.