New Compact Ka-band Airborne Multi-purpose Terminal for Military and Government Requirements

Orbit Communication Systems, a leading global provider of compact ground stations and tracking aeronautical & maritime terminals, and Inmarsat Government, , the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications and managed network services to the U.S. government, have announced a long-term agreement to offer end-users a new modular, multi-role aviation terminal, optimized for use over Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) network.

The new terminal will operate over Inmarsat’s GX constellation, the world’s first and only globally available, high-throughput wideband network. It will deliver Inmarsat’s ‘SATCOM as a Service’ solution, featuring commercial Ka-band and military Ka-band capabilities, which are fully interoperable with the Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) system.

The new compact Orbit terminal, GX46, features a 46cm (18”) antenna and will be delivered fully integrated with modems, electronics and related software. The lightweight, small-footprint terminal couples high performance and Orbit’s industry-leading reliability, which will open new communication opportunities for business jets, military mission aircraft, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). After completion of the Inmarsat certification process, volume production of the terminal is planned at Orbit’s U.S.-based facilities.

The Ka-band airborne multi-purpose terminal will support the military, government, and commercial service requirements. This terminal will also support operations in the military band (Inmarsat-5 and WGS) and operate seamlessly on Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network.

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