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June 12th, 2019

GigaSat and Inmarsat Provide Canadian Armed Forces with Satellite Terminals In Record Time

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

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.

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

The terminals are designed to be deployed globally to access worldwide global satcom (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.