Satnews Daily
September 15th, 2016

Hughes Enlists Airbus Defence & Space ...Pump Product To Quench MILSATCOM Needs

The crucial needs for tactical communications across the globe are high on many MILSATCOM and SATCOM company development and equipment supply agendas.

Hughes HM System for fixed,
mobile and portable SATCOM applications.

To assist in this worldwide need, Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) has just signed an agreement with Airbus Defence and Space to expand their business partnership to serve this growing market segment. Under the agreement, Airbus Defence and Space will distribute all models of the Hughes HM System, a flexible satellite networking technology engineered around the firm's software-definable modem (SDM) and scrambled code multiple access (SCMA) waveform. Enabling affordable, resilient solutions for various mobility and portable government user requirements, the HM System's ultra-compact terminals operate over Airbus Defence and Space's highly secure Skynet X-band military communications satellite. Hughes will also provide hardware, technology and engineering support related to use of the HM System.

Artistic rendition of the Skynet-5 MILSATCOM satellite.

Image is courtesy of Airbus Defence and Space.

Additionally, Hughes will offer Skynet services to US government users requiring easily deployable and resilient satellite communications for tactical missions, bringing innovative networking solutions to more U.S. users as well as customers around the globe.

Rick Lober, the Vice President and General Manager, Hughes Defense and Intelligence Systems, indicated that the continued strategic relationship with Airbus Defence and Space along with Tampa Microwave's ruggedized packaging of Hughes technology will open new opportunities in the growing tactical defense market. He added that this agreement builds on the early success of the joint delivery of combined HM System and XEBRA services and exemplifies the critical role that satellite providers play in supporting the rapidly changing, national security landscape around the world.