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Sun, 11 September 2022

Airbus to Provide UHF Milsatcom Services to Czech Republic and Netherlands

(11 September 2022, 10:44 +07)  Airbus has signed contracts with the Ministries of Defence of Czech Republic and Netherlands to provide satellite communications for a 15-year period.

The armed forces of Czech Republic and Netherlands will utilise 2 and 3 channels respectively of the Airbus UHF (Ultra High Frequency) military communications hosted payload on-board the EUTELSAT 36D telecommunications satellite scheduled for launch in 2024.

With this new UHF band, a relatively scarce orbital resource, Airbus will be able to offer a new UHF communications service to the armed forces, particularly those of European countries and NATO allies.

The UHF payload will be operated from Airbuss Network Operations Centre in Toulouse.

Satcom UHF. Picture: Ministere des Armees. Click to enlarge.
Satcom UHF. Picture: Ministere des Armees

Its 18 UHF channels will enable up to 200 simultaneous communications over Europe, the Middle East, Africa, large parts of Asia, as well as the Atlantic Ocean (to eastern Brazil) and the Indian Ocean (to western Australia).

Military UHF satcoms are used by the armed forces for operations on land, at sea and in the air. They have a high level of interoperability and are therefore very useful for multinational and coalition operations.

Airbus has unique experience in operating UHF milsatcom services. This new payload will enhance its portfolio throughout the lifespan of the satellite.

The company is also the only armed forces private satcom operator to cover the full spectrum of military (UHF, X, Ka Mil) and commercial (L, C/Ku, Ka) frequency bands and applications.

The EUTELSAT 36D satellite will be built by Airbus based on its Eurostar Neo platform. In addition to the UHF payload, it will also be equipped with 70 Ku-band transponders for TV broadcasting.

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