Astrium adds Yahsat’s Military Ka-Band to its multi-band offering to the US Government
Washington, D.C., 06 May 2013
Astrium Americas announced today that its subsidiary, Astrium Services Government, Inc., will offer UAE-owned Yahsat Military Ka-Band service to the US government. This service allows any US government or Department of Defense end user to utilise Yahsat Military Ka-Band capacity that is compatible with the Wideband Global Satellite (WGS) constellation for greater global coverage and reliability.
Astrium was the prime contractor for the construction of the Yahsat satellite fleet. Astrium Services will provide end-to-end services using Yahsat Military Ka-Band capacity in order to meet DoD requirements on contract vehicles such as the Defense Information System Agency’s Future Commercial Satellite Communications (COMSATCOM) Services Acquisition (FCSA) program. This deal deepens Astrium Services’ commitment to be the leading provider of COMSATCOM and MILSATCOM services to the US government.
“Yahsat selected Astrium due to our extensive experience in building satellites and selling satcom services to many armed forces worldwide as well as our strong history and relationships with the US government market,” said Bob Baker, heading Astrium Services Government, Inc. “We build end-to-end solutions that meet the government’s need for interoperable, secure, satellite services, and Yahsat’s Military Ka-Band will be another tool for us to utilise in designing the right solution for our customers mission requirements.”
Astrium Services Government, Inc., a trusted provider of COMSATCOM and MILSATCOM solutions to the U.S. government, is a leading operator of customised and secure end-to-end satellite communications services. Headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, Astrium Services Government, Inc. delivers a full portfolio of fixed satellite solutions (X-Band, C-Band, Ku-Band and now Yahsat’s Military Ka-Band) and mobile satellite solutions (Inmarsat, Thuraya, and Iridium) to the U.S. government and military for their most critical missions. Formerly known as Vizada, Inc., Astrium Services Government, Inc. is the point of contact in North America for Astrium Services’ Skynet solutions.
For government customers, Astrium Services provides communications services through a one-stop-shop provisioning arrangement. The company’s solutions are cost-effective, secure and scalable with Quality of Service (QoS) that is guaranteed to support the most critical missions including COTM, asset tracking, troop welfare, infrastructure design and operation, and civil security.
About Astrium Americas
Astrium Americas, an EADS North America company, was incorporated in July 2012 and is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It provides Astrium’s advanced telecommunications, geo-information, space transportation and satellite capabilities specifically tailored to meet the demanding requirements of US and Canadian customers.
About EADS North America
EADS North America is the US-based operation of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defense, and related services. EADS contributes more than $14 billion to the US economy annually and supports over 225,000 American jobs through its network of suppliers. EADS North America, headquartered in Herndon, Va., offers a broad array of advanced solutions to meet US military and commercial requirements, including fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, homeland security systems, public safety communications, defence electronics and avionics, and threat detection systems.
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Astrium is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and the third in the world. It is the only global company that covers the full range of civil and defence space systems, equipment and services.
In 2012, Astrium had a turnover over €5.8 billion and 18,000 employees worldwide.
Its three business units are: Astrium Space Transportation, the European prime contractor for launchers, orbital systems and space exploration; Astrium Satellites, a leading provider of satellite system solutions, including spacecraft, ground segments, payloads and equipments; Astrium Services, the space services partner for critical missions, providing comprehensive fixed and mobile solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, and bespoke geo-information services, worldwide.
Astrium is a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2012, the Group – comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of €56.5 billion and employed a workforce of over 140,000.
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