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Thales and Yahsat Offer Secure Ground Satellite Communication

September 16, 2011
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Thales and Al Yah Satellite Communications Company PrJsc, Yahsat, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to offer highly secure satellite communication services to military forces and government agencies. The two companies are pioneering this type of satellite services on Ka-Band, the optimum communications band for critical and confidential government and military wideband communications.

Through this MoU, Thales and Yahsat will establish the principles of a technical and commercial cooperation to offer a customized highly secure ground satellite communications capability. Yahsat provides its Ka-Band satellite resource while Thales provides its associated ground segment secure solutions.

More precisely, a part of Yahsat’s mission is to promote and lease governmental Ka-band capacity under its YahSecure product. With communications capability over Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, YahSecure offers a complete range of satellite services for applications such as military communication networks, broadband services and video broadcast.

Thales is the developer and owner of a wide range of ground system solutions addressing transmission, networking and security. In particular, Thales supplies the latest generation of its Satellite Ground Terminals (SGT) operating in Ka-band, as well as the latest modem technology offering a high transmission protection level and up-to-date waveforms for broadband services.

“We are very proud to announce this new partnership with Yahsat. By combining our strengths and know-how, we are anticipating governments’ needs and enabling ourselves to provide them with turnkey solutions tailored to their stringent requirements” said Jean-Michel Lagarde, Thales SVP in charge of systems activities. “This partnership thus consolidates the position of Thales as a leading satcom industrial participant, able to provide reactive and reliable system solutions.”

Talking on the significance of the agreement, Rashed Al Ghafri, YahSecure General Manager, said, “The decision to partner with Thales was strategic, as there is a great synergy between our organizations. I am confident that this will be just the first of many successful partnerships together.”

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