Boeing has completed environmental and performance qualification testing on the aircraft satellite communications antenna system it is developing for multipurpose satellite operator Al Yah Satellite Company (Yahsat) of the United Arab Emirates. The system has passed customer-witnessed acceptance testing, and its required data transfer rate has been validated in over-the-air satellite tests. “These milestones complete the qualification efforts for our most advanced aeronautical antenna leveraging expertise from across Boeing in designing and integrating antennas systems for customer aircraft,” said Paul Geery, vice president for Command, Control and Communications Solutions. “The result is a low-profile SATCOM solution that provides en-route broadband connectivity for many types of aircraft.” Boeing’s system offers a solution to military and commercial customers who require an aircraft-qualified, low-profile, low-drag, easily installed antenna to send and receive data between airborne and ground terminals. The system employs steerable phased array technology, meaning the antenna uses electronics rather than mechanical components to track a satellite, even when mounted on moving aircraft. The Yahsat contract calls for Boeing to deliver the first of eight low-profile antenna systems later this year for installation on various aircraft. Boeing designed and qualified the antenna system in Kent, Wash. Final assembly and testing will be performed at the company’s El Paso, Texas site. The system will be offered to additional customers whose aircraft require low-profile, low-drag agile satellite antenna systems.
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Tactical Communications Group (TCG) won a contract to provide its Ground Tactical Data Link Systems (GTS) hardware and software components, as well as engineering and operational TDL services, training, and system maintenance, to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces. The award is the first Direct Commercial Sale between the UAE Armed Forces and TCG
The United Arab Emirates (UAE)s air strikes against militants in Libya last week, has brought in focus the military capabilities of this oil-rich Sheikhdom which has never gone to war. The joint air strike conducted with Egypt with support from Saudi Arabia reportedly took Washington “by surprise” with senior US officials telling news agencies that they were “not consulted” about the attacks possibly because American weapons may have been used, violating agreements under which they were sold
Lockheed Martin announced Sunday that it has opened a new innovation centre in Abu Dhabis Masdar City to provide advanced security solutions to the United Arab Emirates. The Centre for Innovation and Security Solutions (CISS) is the first of its kind outside the United States, the company said in a statement
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AAR announced Monday that it has been selected by Advanced Military Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Center (AMMROC) to support in the design, outfitting and integration of key areas of its facility in Al Ain, UAE. The new facility will be an anchor tenant at Nibras Al Ain Aerospace Park (Nibras), the free-zone project being jointly developed by Mubadala and Abu Dhabi Airports Company to support the establishment of a sustainable aerospace hub in Abu Dhabi
Boeing has proven its new anti-jamming communications technology is capable of operating as either a ground-based user terminal or satellite-based networking hub, enabling the military to send and receive secure communications at a significantly lower cost by using existing terminals and satellites. The anti-jam technology uses a protected tactical waveform, which shields signals from interference by adversaries or cyber-terrorists
Boeing and six Danish defense companies signed agreements to jointly pursue a range of business opportunities in defense and aerospace-related manufacturing, maintenance, software and simulation integration, and other areas Friday. The agreements with Danish Aerotech, Falck Schmidt Defence Systems, IFAD, Multicut, Systematic and Terma are key elements of Boeings industrial plan related to its F/A-18 Super Hornet offering to Denmark
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