Orbit to integrate family of airborne terminals across Viasat's expanded Ka-band network

July 19, 2023
The new cooperation agreement includes the Orbit MPT-30 (12-inch) and MPT-46 (18-inch) Ka-band product lines.

NETANYA, Israel - Orbit Communications Systems Inc, a global provider of maritime and airborne SATCOM terminals, tracking ground station solutions, and mission-critical airborne audio management systems based in Netanya, Israel, announced it has signed a cooperation agreement with Carlsbad, California's Viasat Inc. Under the agreement, Orbit's airborne terminals will integrate with the Viasat Ka-band network, which includes the Global Xpress (GX) network now operated by Viasat following its acquisition of Inmarsat on 30 May 2023.

The new cooperation agreement includes the Orbit MPT-30 (12") and MPT-46 (18") Ka-band product lines. The Multi-Purpose Terminals (MPT) terminals fulfil the coverage requirements of both military and commercial airborne users. They also allow government users to roam between commercial Ka-band and Mil-Ka services. These low size, low-weight and low-power (SWaP) user terminals can deliver up to 126 Mbps forward link and up to 29 Mbps return link on Mil-Ka HCX service while maintaining connectivity during all flight phases.

The terminals can be installed on a range of business jets, mission aircraft, rotary wing and uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs). They comply with industry standards, including MIL-STD-188-164C, RTCA DO-160G, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). They are compatible with military satellite systems, making them suitable for government airborne Intelligence, Reconnaissance, and Surveillance (ISR) applications.

The newly integrated system will create a multi-constellation-capable set of terminals, which will operate over the Viasat Ka-band networks and the Global Xpress network, as well as other MEO constellation networks. This integrated solution will provide military and commercial end-users with ubiquitous access to the Ka-band capacity, global coverage, and increased resiliency from both the Viasat and Global Xpress networks.

"We are very excited about our collaboration with Orbit Communications Systems and what it can bring to military customers. We've made significant strides in jointly developing a universal Ka-band terminal system that can support multiple constellations and orbits," said Victor Farah, Vice President of Viasat Government Broadband Systems. "This innovative system will also make effective use of Viasat's recent acquisition of Inmarsat, tapping into added Ka-band capacity and flexibility. The new terminal will adhere to the Open AMIP standards and allows customers to access the entire Ka-band spectrum, including Mil-Ka. We're proud to be working with Orbit to offer government customers a truly global and flexible Ka-band experience that can be an enabler for their mission."

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