SES’ Luxembourgish 50% affiliate GovSat has secured a contract to support the operational phase of Nato Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS).
Under the satellite communications contract, GovSat will deliver of satellite capacity in commercial Ku-band as well as associated capacity management services.
The services will support command and control and sensor data communications that are needed by Nato Global Hawk vehicles over the AGS operational area.
GovSat CEO Patrick Biewer said: “The award of this contract confirms the unique capability of GovSat to address the secure communication requirements of a Nato defence programme, including the handling of sensitive and classified material.
“GovSat is now de-facto operational, well ahead of the GovSat-1 satellite launch which is foreseen for next year.”
The company, which is a public-private partnership between the Luxembourg Government and SES, offers capacity leases and related secure operations from facilities with EU and Nato clearances to governments and institutions.
Comprising air, ground and support elements, AGS will be able to contribute to various missions, such as protection of ground troops and civilian populations, border control and maritime safety.
It will also help to fight against terrorism, and provides crisis management and humanitarian assistance in areas that are affected by natural disasters.
Image: GovSat will deliver of satellite capacity in commercial Ku-band. Photo: courtesy of SES