Orbit Multi-Purpose Airborne Satcom Terminals to be used in Helicopters

Orbit Communications Systems will now be expanding the development of its new Multi-Purpose Terminal (MPT) for airborne satcom to include helicopters. MPT is a family of innovative airborne stabilized VSAT systems, providing quality broadband communications via satellite to various airborne platforms. The company recently received an order for approximately US$3 million from a global provider of defense products and services for the delivery of helicopter systems to a leading air force between 2018 and 2022.

Built to military standard (MIL-STD), the 30-cm antenna (MPT30) will deliver data communications via satellite to a wide range of military helicopters. The system was designed to overcome the many challenges posed by helicopter installations, such as constant vibration and the need for a self-cooling mechanism when placed behind the exhaust systems.

According to the company officials, the decision to extend the development of the Multi-Purpose Terminals to helicopters was prompted completely by market demand.

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