Global broadband satellite solutions provider Hughes Network Systems and Airbus Defence and Space have agreed to extend their partnership to serve tactical military communications requirements worldwide.

As part of the business partnership, Airbus will distribute its Hughes HM System, a flexible satellite networking technology engineered around its software-definable modem (SDM) and scrambled code multiple access (SCMA) waveform.

Hughes Defense and Intelligence Systems vice president and general manager Rick Lober said: "The continued strategic relationship with Airbus Defence and Space along with Tampa Microwave's ruggedised packaging of innovative Hughes technology will open new opportunities in the growing tactical defence market.

"The continued strategic relationship will open new opportunities in the growing tactical defence market."

"It builds on the early success of our joint delivery of combined HM System and XEBRA services, exemplifying the critical role that satellite providers play in supporting the rapidly changing, national security landscape around the world."

Hughes will provide hardware, technology and engineering support related to use of the HM System under the contract.

The company will also offer Skynet services to US Government users, in order to meet requirements for easily deployable and resilient satellite communications on tactical missions.

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The HM system's ultra-compact terminals are designed to operate using Airbus Defence and Space's highly secure Skynet X-band military communications satellite.

Image: A warfighter uses the Hughes HM300 to communicate with a base located beyond-line-of-sight. Photo: courtesy of Hughes Network Systems.