Eurocopter selects EMS SATCOM to modernize communications of German Army CH53

OTTAWA, Canada, 11 April 2006. EMS SATCOM, a division of EMS Technologies Inc., has announced that Eurocopter Deutschland, part of the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company, has selected the EMS SATCOM eNfusion HSD-128 data terminal as part of a communications solution developed by Scotty Group plc that will provide real-time tactical video transmission, videoconferencing, and Internet capabilities to German Army CH53 helicopters.

OTTAWA, Canada, 11 April 2006. EMS SATCOM, a division of EMS Technologies Inc., has announced that Eurocopter Deutschland, part of the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company, has selected the EMS SATCOM eNfusion HSD-128 data terminal as part of a communications solution developed by Scotty Group plc that will provide real-time tactical video transmission, videoconferencing, and Internet capabilities to German Army CH53 helicopters.

The communications solution on board the German Army CH-53G helicopter is the result of a tri-lateral project. Integrated by Eurocopter, the system consists of Scotty's video and data communication equipment, and EMS SATCOM's eNfusion system: HSD-128 high-speed data terminal, and Helicom AMT-50 high-gain antenna and customized radome.

The system's live in-flight tactical video imagery, videoconferencing, and Internet capabilities securely accessible around the globe, provide tactical and communications advantages.

"With real-time video capability that performs through even the most strenuous flight maneuvers, the German Army is now equipped with a critical resource, one that is well-suited to increasing operational effectiveness and situational awareness," notes Stephen Newell, Director of Military and Government Sales for EMS SATCOM.

"The added communications capability opens a new perspective in the fulfillment of missions beyond line-of-sight," says Thilo Lees, program manager at Eurocopter. "We see this equipment as the future basis for every kind of aircraft. In terms of connectivity it is the only system providing reliable out-of-area connections; real accessibility is no longer a dream."

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