Airbus is providing support communications to German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) troops deployed to military bases in Lithuania, as part of a contract signed with Bundeswehr in 2015.
The contract was signed to ensure that the soldiers have free connectivity during operations and exercises outside Germany, allowing them to stay in contact with family and friends, Airbus stated.
Airbus will also provide mobile systems for smaller contingents and observer missions.
The company has launched Connect-D telephone, internet and media services at the Lithuanian bases of Rukla and Pabrade.
Airbus Defence and Space Germany Secure Communications Delivery head Stefan Gramolla said: "Connect-D provides an important service to deployed Bundeswehr soldiers. It allows them to make telephone calls, surf the internet or make video calls free of charge with their own devices.
“The service is available in accommodation areas, at support facilities and internet cafés during exercises and operations outside Germany.”
Airbus has been providing support communications to Bundeswehr troops since July 2011.
The company currently supplies telephone, internet and media services to 15 deployed Bundeswehr units around the world, including Mali, Iraq, Djibouti, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Cyprus and Lithuania.
In 2015, Airbus launched a service for naval units which enabled personal calls while out at sea, and telephone and internet services while docked in ports.
Besides support communications, Airbus also provides tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft.
In addition, the company delivers both civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.
Image: Airbus has launched Connect-D telephone, internet and media services at Lithuanian bases. Photo: courtesy of Airbus DS.