Airbus wins €113.8m contract to provide commercial satellite communications to German Armed Forces

1 June 2016 (Last Updated June 1st, 2016 18:30)

Airbus Defence and Space has been contracted by the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) to supply commercial satellite communications.

Airbus Defence and Space has been contracted by the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) to supply commercial satellite communications.

Valued at €113.8m, the contract requires the company to provide commercial satellite communication services for the German Armed Forces until 2023.

The firm will also provide access to selected C- and Ku-band transponders that are used for a variety of applications, including voice and data connections in Germany.

"For this task, a resource mix based on military satellites complemented by leased commercial capacities has proven to give the best flexibility, resilience and value."

Airbus Defence and Space communications, intelligence and security (CIS) business line head Evert Dudok said: "Satellite communications is an indispensable means for modern armed forces to connect theatres of operation with the homeland and to accomplish missions abroad.

"For this task, a resource mix based on military satellites complemented by leased commercial capacities has proven to give the best flexibility, resilience and value."

The company was recently selected to operate the military COMSATBw1 and COMSATBw 2 satellites, as well as large teleport networks in the country.

The German Armed Forces can establish voice, video, database access and internet protocol services using military satellites with a commercial satcom.

Airbus Defence and Space developed and deployed the current German Armed Forces’ SATCOMBw system, and has offered satcom operations and services since 2006.