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November 8th, 2011

Gilat Satellite Networks' Wavestream... Airborne Advantages (SATCOM)

[SatNews] A new family of transceivers has debuted...
Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ: GILT) has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Wavestream® introduced the AeroStream™ family of airborne-qualified, solid-state transceivers for integration into military and commercial airborne and unmanned satellite communication systems. The AeroStream product line introductions include compact Ku-band transceivers in 25W and 40W transmit output and full Ku-band receive options for pressurized and non-pressurized airborne environments.

AeroStream products are designed to meet the requirements of RTCA/DO-160G, Boeing, Airbus, and ARINC specifications for commercial aircraft, and MIL-STD requirements for military aircraft. Based on Wavestream's patented Spatial Power Advantage™ technology, AeroStream provides high output power with greater efficiency and reliability, all in more compact, lighter product package designs suitable for the extreme airborne environment. The new AeroStream 25W and 40W Ku-band transceivers offer the necessary interfaces to work seamlessly with leading modems and Antenna Control Units, providing system integrators with a convenient turnkey solution. AeroStream Ku-band products are available for integration into airborne SATCOM antenna systems based on customer-defined application requirements and specifications. Ka-band support is planned for early 2012.

"The demand for bandwidth and constant connectivity is continuing to escalate, driven by both military and commercial consumers who require access to video, voice and data in real time, wherever they happen to be - on land, on the sea or in the air," stated Terry Magee, executive vice president of Portfolio Management at Wavestream. "For airborne applications in particular, Wavestream technology is well suited to meet the rigorous specifications for size and weight limitations to minimize the impact on aircraft structures, while providing the power, efficiency and reliability required for SATCOM antenna systems and high bandwidth applications in extreme airborne environments. We are very excited about entering this new, expanding market and to offer our proven solid state technology to meet the growing demand for in-flight SATCOM connectivity."