Boeing picks data terminal for P-8A maritime aircraft

OTTAWA, Canada, 18 April 2005. EMS Technologies, Inc. is proud to announce its selection as the provider of broadband satellite communication terminals to the U.S. Navy's P-8A multi-mission maritime aircraft (MMA) program.

Apr 18th, 2005

OTTAWA, Canada, 18 April 2005. EMS Technologies, Inc. is proud to announce its selection as the provider of broadband satellite communication terminals to the U.S. Navy's P-8A multi-mission maritime aircraft (MMA) program.

EMS Technologies' SATCOM Division was chosen by Boeing to furnish the new P-8A Multi-Mission Aircraft (MMA) with the eNfusion Broadband HSD-400 high-speed data terminal, as part of the U.S. Navy's program to replace its aging fleet of P-3 aircraft.

The P-8A is a derivative of the Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft that has been reliably serving airlines around the world for decades. Phases 1 and 2 of the program amount to $1.5 million and will commence in mid-2005 with the System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase. Equipment deliveries continue through 2009.

The eNfusion HSD-400 terminal is the only IMARSAT-based satellite communications terminal that offers either 4 Swift64 (64kbps) or 2 SwiftBroadband (432kbps) channels in one LRU, and it contains the highest density of channels in an 8 MCU package, EMS says. Designed to meet the rugged environmental requirements of military operations, the HSD-400 combines worldwide access to critical broadband services such as real-time streaming video, voice and data, and Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC).

"We are pleased to have EMS SATCOM as a supplier to the P-8A program," said Tim Norgart, director of P-8A business development at Boeing. "The HSD-400 is a powerful satellite communications platform for multi-mission aircraft, providing the warfighter with aeronautical safety services and real-time broadband connectivity in one component."

"The HSD-400 is the most sophisticated Inmarsat aeronautical terminal available today. It has a software defined architecture that makes it future proof; meeting the needs of the Navy today and over the life of this program." said Stephen Newell, director of military and government sales. "As a single Line Replaceable Unit (LRU), the HSD-400 makes integration, logistics and maintenance much simpler."

"We are delighted that Boeing selected our eNfusion HSD-400, it is another significant win for us." said Dr. Neil Mackay, senior vice-president and general manager, EMS SATCOM. "With more than 400 HSD-128's in the field, most of which are used by the US Military, our solutions are battle tested and proven reliable."

Boeing is the world's leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft. Additionally, with capabilities in rotorcraft, electronic and defense systems, missiles, rocket engines, satellites, launch vehicles and advanced information and communication systems, the company's reach extends to customers in 145 countries around the world and is the number one U.S. exporter in terms of sales. Headquartered in Chicago, Boeing employs more than 159,000 people in 48 states within the U.S. and 67 countries, and has major operations in the Puget Sound of Washington State, Southern California, Wichita and St. Louis. Total company revenues for 2004 were $52.5 billion.

EMS Technologies, Inc. is a leading provider of technology solutions to wireless and satellite markets. The company focuses on mobile information users, and increasingly on broadband applications. The company is headquartered in Atlanta, employs approximately 1,600 people worldwide, and has manufacturing facilities in Atlanta, Montreal, Ottawa, and Brazil.

The SATCOM Division of EMS Technologies, based in Ottawa, Canada, specializes in the design and development of satellite-based terminals and antennas for the aeronautical, land mobile, maritime and emergency management markets. The unit is a leader in developing and supplying high-speed data communications equipment for delivering satellite-based broadband capabilities to aircraft, and other mobile platforms. For more information, see www.emssatcom.com.

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