Multi-Band SATCOM Terminal Set for Spanish Patrol Aircraft

Viasat, working with Airbus Defence and Space, is set to supply its GAT-5530 dual-band (Ku/Ka) broadband terminal for the Spanish MoD’s C295 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) fleet By William Mackenzie / 03 Jul 2024
Multi-Band SATCOM Terminal Set for Spanish Patrol Aircraft
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Viasat Inc. is working with Airbus Defence and Space to provide its secure airborne technology for the Airbus C295 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA), acquired by the Spanish Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Viasat and Airbus Defence and Space will collaborate on the integration of Viasat’s dual-band (Ku/Ka) broadband terminal, the GAT-5530, into the Spanish C295 MPA fleet.

This will provide a highly flexible, multi-band and multi-orbit, broadband SATCOM capability to support missions utilizing the sovereign SpainSat NG satellites.

The integrated Viasat GAT-5530 terminal will deliver secure, reliable satellite connectivity to the Airbus C295 MPA aircraft. It will enhance the Spanish military’s capabilities with resilient broadband SATCOM to support sovereign national security mission needs.

This includes the expansion of both command and control (C2) applications, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) applications.

The Airbus C295 is a multirole and multi-mission tactical airlifter that is operationally versatile. It is currently operated by 37 countries around the world. The GAT-5530 strengthens the Airbus C295 by supporting the entire ITU Ku- and Ka-bands, including 3.5GHz of commercial and military Ka-band. 

Viasat assert that the multi-faceted GAT-5530 terminal offers operational flexibility for the Spanish MoD, as well as other military users seeking to increase resilience with multi-frequency (Ku/Mil-Ka/Commercial-Ka), multi-orbit (GEO, MEO, HEO), multi-network communications architectures.

Victor Farah, Senior Vice President, Viasat Government, commented; “We are excited to expand our work with Airbus to support the Spanish Ministry of Defence with our highly flexible, multi-band terminal on the C295 Maritime Patrol Aircraft. 

“Our connectivity solutions are designed to support modern military operation requirements with advanced, secure and resilient satellite communications. This includes enabling seamless roaming between sovereign and commercial networks to provide superior resilience beyond the capabilities of traditional single-band or single-network access solutions.

“This selection by the Spanish MoD underscores the trust and confidence in our ability to deliver enhanced mission connectivity solutions and to help global government customers significantly improve reliability and continuity across a range of operational environments.”

Posted by William Mackenzie Connect & Contact
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