Satnews Daily
February 19th, 2015

Norsat International Pumping Up The Portables... Terminals, That Is...

[SatNews] Norsat International Inc. (“Norsat”) (TSX: NII and NYSE MKT: NSAT) has announced that a Tier 1 Eurasian defense contractor has signed a $3.5 million agreement to purchase a range of Norsat’s portable satellite terminals to provide high performance military communications for an Eurasian Ministry of Defense (“MOD”).

Norsat Manpack Terminal.

This order highlights the broad capabilities of the company’s product offerings, including the adoption of one of the company’s newest innovations, the 0.9m Journey Manpack terminal. As part of this agreement, the customer will purchase multiple products from Norsat including the recently announced 0.9m Journey Manpack, the 1.2m Rover™, the 1.8m SigmaLink™ terminal, the 1.2m VSAT antenna bundle, as well as the 0.75m and 1m shipboard terminals for the Army and Navy. This broad portfolio of satellite technology showcases Norsat’s ability to deliver a full solution to its military customers. Norsat expects to ship the majority of the terminals in late 2015 with follow on deliveries throughout 2016.

The 0.9m Journey Manpack consists of an easily portable, rapidly deployable, satellite terminal that weighs less than 25 kilograms. The Rover is an ultra-lightweight fly-away satellite terminal with unsurpassed reliability, advanced assisted-acquire technology, and a flexible deployment platform. The SigmaLink is a transportable satellite terminal ideally suited to provide broadband connectivity for base camps or other prolonged missions where assignments are temporary, but deployment is protracted. Norsat’s VSAT bundle is an easy to use fixed satellite terminal that provides data connectivity to remote areas for Internet connectivity. Norsat’s MarineLink shipboard terminals offer a 3-axis operating platform and a 360 degree high-speed tracking antenna that ensures a reliable link in even the most difficult sea conditions.   

Dr. Amiee Chan, chief executive officer of Norsat, said, “Over the last number of years, we have made concerted efforts to invest and develop technology to further diversify our product offerings to meet the expanding needs of customers around the globe.  This order is the culmination of more than two years of work and reinforces the expanding strength that we believe is capable from our military business moving forward.”