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May 1st, 2020

Smiths Interconnect’s KaStream® 5000 MK II Antenna Connects with Inmarsat Global Xpress' Approval


Inmarsat has given approval to Smiths Interconnect KaStream® 5000 MK II antenna system for use over the Inmarsat Global Xpress network.

The lightweight KaStream® 5000 MK II antenna system is a fully integrated solution that is optimized for use over the Inmarsat Global Xpress Ka-band network and supports commercial and military modems. It can be used in tail-mount, hatch-mount and roll-on roll-off installations combining the Radio Frequency (RF) electronics, antenna aperture and positioning system in a single Line Replaceable Unit (LRU). This wideband, high-throughput terminal features a 12-inch diameter aperture and weighs less than 25 lbs (~11.4 kg).

Using a Global Xpress subscription, SATCOM as a Service, the terminal provides always-available access to high-throughput, reliable, secure connectivity, anytime and anywhere. Operation on Inmarsat’s military Ka-band steerable beam ensures interoperability with military satellite systems, delivering redundancy, protection, scalability and global portability.

Global Xpress is the world’s first globally available, seamless, mobile wideband SATCOM service. In U.S. government operation since July 2014, Global Xpress has established itself for reliable communications across land, air and sea for assured mobile connectivity and compatibility with government satellite systems.

Steve Gizinski, Chief Technology Officer, Inmarsat Government said that their government customers demand commercial and military Ka-band access on aeronautical platforms. This announcement demonstrates their commitment to meeting this need by responding with Global Xpress commercial and mil-Ka terminals for users operating across multiple environments. They are pleased to work with Smiths Interconnect to expand their offerings with the lightweight KaStream® 5000 antenna system, which is compatible with MILSATCOM and enables Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) connectivity for a range of Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance missions.

Ralph DeMarco, Vice President of Business Development and Sales at Smiths Interconnect added that theirKaStream® 5000 MK II broadband antenna system is truly unique in the market by offering access to global wideband commercial and military networks. They are very pleased to be partnering with Inmarsat to offer fast, reliable and efficient connectivity on and off the aircraft worldwide.