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Airbus and OneWeb are working together to connect European defense and security forces

Airbus and OneWeb have inked a distribution partner deal to deliver military and governmental LEO (low Earth orbit) satellite communication services. From the end of 2021, Airbus, as Europe’s biggest supplier of military satellite communication services, will offer new communication services based on the OneWeb array to select European and UK armed forces, as well as civil protection and security forces.

“As Europe’s largest government and defense highly secure communication provider, we’re always looking for new ways to improve and expand our services.” We can provide military customers significant flexibility with the OneWeb LEO constellation as we strive to provide the prospective integrated mesh networks, war cloud, and information superiority that these new, as well as innovative approaches, demand. We will be the first supplier to offer this sort of service to European troops with this new release centered on the OneWeb constellation as well as Airbus technology,” stated Evert Dudok, who works as the Executive Vice President in charge of the Connected Intelligence at the Airbus Defense and Space company.

“We are happy to expand our partnership with Airbus to satisfy the connectivity demands of the European defense and security organizations on land, at sea, and in the air,” said Neil Masterson, CEO of OneWeb. Starting in the Arctic and growing to global mobility use cases, our network will offer safe, robust, real-time communications for the military and civilian government organizations.”

Airbus and OneWeb seek to establish a comprehensive set of security services tailored to the demands of military forces for all of their operations at sea, on land, and in the air as part of this collaboration. The creation of a new series of terminals and antennas with decreased size, weight, and power is enabled by LEO constellations. These constellations will also enable real-time space communications, which will be particularly beneficial for delivering live streaming video from sensors on UAVs.

Armed forces will benefit from these new satellite communication services, which will deliver high-speed, all-IP (Internet Protocol) connections, allowing them to prioritize communication flows and assure a high level of availability. Users can use the flexibility to switch between GEO (geostationary orbit) and LEO satellite communications during operations to supplement current services and networks and reap all the benefits of a versatile and interoperable network.

The alliance will provide services to connect ground vehicles, battleships at sea, and airplanes in flight. This connectivity solution is fully built to support prospective multi-domain cloud systems and provide information superiority thanks to these features. The OneWeb satellites, designed by Airbus, are now being manufactured at the Airbus OneWeb Satellites factory in Florida, USA. With a network of 648 satellites in the low Earth orbit, OneWeb intends its services to be provided with the worldwide reach of the Earth by the close of 2022, after an initial commencement of operation over the Arctic region from the North Pole to the 50th parallel.

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