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March 29th, 2016

Gilat In The Sky With Diamonds... Provides Broadband Connectivity To Diamond Aircraft

Diamond’s DA42 MPP GUARDIAN aircraft.

[Satnews] Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ, TASE: GILT) announces it has partnered with Diamond Aircraft of Austria to deliver airborne broadband connectivity via satellite. Diamond designed a special enclosure for Gilat’s BR71 terminal behind the cockpit of Diamond’s DA42 MPP GUARDIAN aircraft. The long-range, twin-engine aircraft was designed for homeland security ISR missions.

Gilat’s BR71 terminal

First orders for the Gilat-Diamond Satcom-On-The-Move (SOTM) airborne solution have already been received by government agencies in Latin America and central Asia for homeland security ISR applications.

“In Diamond Aircraft, we found a dynamic partner who matched our innovative spirit and pursuit of technological excellence,” commented Moshe (Chico) Tamir, Corporate VP and Head of Gilat’s Strategic Initiatives Division. “I have no doubt that together we will deliver the best airborne mobility solution on the market.”

“Partnering with Gilat is a win-win scenario for both companies,” said Christian Dries, CEO of Diamond Aircraft. “We give Gilat wings and Gilat gives us a complete Beyond-Line-Of-Sight satcom package—and a real competitive edge over other aircraft manufacturers.”