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June 20th, 2019

Canada's Department of National Defence Receives 16 Terminals from GigaSat

GigaSat, part of Ultra Electronics Communications & Integrated Systems (CIS), in partnership with Inmarsat, has successfully delivered 16 satellite, multiband, Earth ground station terminals to Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND) in record time.

Through Inmarsat, Shared Services Canada (SSC), an initiative of the Canadian Government to provide information technology services to the various Canadian governmental agencies, has successfully fulfilled requirements to provide the Canadian Armed Forces with medium and large multi-band satellite terminals.

The terminals are designed to be deployed globally to access worldwide global MILSATCOM (WGS) military communications as well as commercial satellite network operators. The Inmarsat type-approved terminals will allow Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND) to access mission critical voice and data networks across the world.

With the Wideband Ka capabilities, the terminals enable DND to also access Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) military or commercial Ka-band, High-Capacity Payload (HCP) to augment their own WGS capacity, providing a fully redundant and secure alternative.

The provision of multiband Earth ground stations terminals to DND marks start of a new relationship between GigaSat and Inmarsat.  While the usual time period for supplying such an order is in the region of six to nine months, the DND terminals were built and delivered in just six weeks.