[Satnews] Indra has secured a master agreement with the Spanish Ministry of Defense as a primary maintenance provider for terminals used in Spain's military satellite communications system (SECOMSAT).
The agreement establishes the terms under which users of the SECOMSAT system may request maintenance services worth up to a maximum of 42.8 million euros over the next three years, with the option to extend the deal by a further three years. The framework agreement is divided into three lots, with each corresponding to a different system making up the communications network. Indra was selected as the sole successful bidder for two of these (lots 1 and 2), while it was selected for the third in a joint venture with Telefonica. SECOMSAT network systems are used by Ministry of Defense bodies, all three armies and Spain's military emergencies unit (UME).
The maintenance services that Indra is set to provide include support tasks of all descriptions, ranging from preventative maintenance and equipment repairs, through to the provision of engineering services to ensure development of the terminals and to incorporate any technological advances as required. The company will also adapt systems to specific environmental conditions encountered in missions conducted by users and to the operating requirements that these demand, which means adding new functions and building on existing features. The core objective of such tasks is to ensure the greatest possible systems availability and to keep the same operational.
The strategic environment in which the Armed Forces operate demands rapid reaction capabilities, meaning systems that can be relied on to transfer information quickly and securely. This renders satellite communications an essential asset when participating in international missions and to support optimal coordination in any environment.
Indra has been the main contractor for the Spanish SECOMSAT program since 1994 and was responsible for deployment of this advanced communications network. It also played an important role in deployment of the SISCOMIS military satellite communications network in Brazil and has supplied a significant number of terminals of various types to the country.
In recent years Indra has designed and developed satellite equipment and terminals to cater to all kinds of requirements, simultaneously building up a highly technical and extensive industrial structure. Ships, submarines, vehicles and ground forces operated by countries including Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, India and Brazil all use solutions and technology provided by the company.
Indra has adapted its satellite communications systems to cater to the civilian market too, having deployed its technology for industries as diverse as transport, telephony and media. The company has built a robust position as a global competitor in this market.