Airbus, GRC, Avanti & Get SAT Collaborate

Working together, the four companies have signed on to develop a new satcom product for the defence & security industry.

By Joel Davies -

Airbus Defence and Space, GRC Ltd., Avanti Communications Group plc and Get SAT Ltd. have signed a multi-million-dollar contract to deliver high-speed, secure satcom-on-the-move connectivity. GRC has partnered with Airbus to deliver hardware, training and support for Get SAT Micro sat terminals on Avanti airtime, allowing users to access high-speed voice and data in some of the most challenging environments on the planet.

The solution was selected following trials by Airbus and GRC together with the customer, ensuring terminals were robust enough and able to provide the required Committed Information Rate (CIR) to the user, on a high-throughput service using Ka-band satellite capability.

Richard Budd, Head of the UK & US Secure Communications business at Airbus said: “Providing this high-throughput SATCOM on the Move capability is an exciting and innovative development. This capability will ensure that users can enjoy hi-speed data rates while on the move. Our experts work together with the end-users to ensure requirements are fully met”.

Based in the UK, GRC Ltd. specialises in the design, integration and support of satellite, RF, cloud and IP networking solutions. Its products and services are used by government and defence agencies, emergency responders, commercial businesses and the oil, gas and mineral exploration industry.

Steve Slater, Managing Director at GRC said: “This contract means a lot to GRC who as an SME are delighted to be delivering a significant and much-needed capability. The terminals being delivered are also suitable for maritime use and therefore are able to fit wider needs”.

Incorporating GRC’s mag-mount system, the Micro SAT can be securely mounted as a walk-on-fit, without permanent vehicle modifications, allowing users to be connected within minutes and be moved between vehicles as required.

All four companies involved in the collaboration produce and use various communication devices. Image: GRC.

Avanti Communications is a leading Ka-band high throughput satellite capacity partner to the communications industry in EMEA – extending and guaranteeing coverage for defence missions, enterprise solutions and critical public services. Through the HYLAS satellite fleet, Avanti provides dedicated fixed and flexible-beam satellite connectivity, with extensive coverage across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Group has invested $1.2bn in a network that incorporates orbital slots in Ka-band spectrum, satellites, ground stations, datacentres and a fibre ring.

Donald Walker, Director of Government Sales at Avanti: “We’ve worked hard with GRC and Get SAT to prove that Avanti’s high throughput Ka-band satellites and these small terminals can deliver genuine capability enhancements to critical end-user groups. We’re delighted to add this Land and Maritime ‘Satellite on The Move’ capability into our portfolio”.

Airbus and GRC will also deliver a full training package to users in addition to ongoing 24/7 support offered through its experienced engineering teams.

You can find more information about the collaboration between Airbus, GRC, Avanti and Get SAT on the companies’ respective websites.

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