Aerospace and Defense Channel

SICRAL 2 military telecommunications satellite is launched

The SICRAL 2 military telecommunications satellite was successfully launched on April 26 with an Arianespace launch vehicle from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. SICRAL 2 is a joint program between the Ministry of Defense in Italy and Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) in France for the benefit of Italian and French armed forces, with stakes of 62 percent and 38 percent respectively. It is conducted by Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio, the two companies in the Space Alliance created by Finmeccanica and Thales.

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API Technologies to acquire Cobham Inmet and Cobham Weinschel

API Technologies Corp., a leading provider of high performance radio frequency (RF), microwave, millimeter wave, power and security solutions announced it has entered into a definitive agreement with a wholly owned subsidiary of Cobham plc to acquire Aeroflex/Inmet Inc. and Aeroflex/Weinschel Inc. Inmet and Weinschel have each been in business for more than 50 years, and each manufactures and sells RF and microwave products for defense, space, avionics, wireless, and test and measurement applications.

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Advantech Wireless' solid-state amplifier system passes standard in India

Advantech Wireless, a global leader for Satellite broadband communications solutions, announcedthat its solid state Ku-Band transceiver system has successfully undergone the Indian Defence Environment Standard (JSS 5555). This is the first ground based solid state amplifier system which passed this standard in India. The equipment has also undergone successfully the tests as per MIL-STD- 461E requirement matrix specified for Indian Ground Airforce.

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