Government and military organizations the world over rely upon access to satellite connectivity and it forms an integral part of their communications portfolio. The ability to offer voice, video and high-speed data applications anywhere, anytime, on the move and on the pause for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and situational awareness, is essential for today’s defence forces. This mission-critical connectivity must not only be highly reliable, but it must be able to perform across the full spectrum of operational environments, on land, air and sea.
Key drivers for satellite communications (satcom) capability include unmanned aerial systems (UAS), connectivity for maritime and aero assets, Communications-on-the-Move (COTM) and Communications-on-the-Pause (COTP). Government and military users require large amounts of bandwidth in order to utilize HD video and to operate complex sensors and imaging equipment, as well as real-time communications and high-quality voice, even when they are deployed in the harshest and most remote regions of the world.
Working closely with the commercial sector enables governments to gain access to cutting-edge satellite solutions that can enable them to deliver mission-critical connectivity right to the tactical edge. The use of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) equipment enables them to cost-effectively deliver the solutions they require without breaking the budget. The development of proprietary technology is costly and involves long lead times, and therefore, the relationship between governments, militaries and the commercial satellite industry is more important than ever before. As we move into Space 2.0 and all that this entails in terms of new technology and capabilities, it is important that this synergy is as constructive as ever.
GOVSATCOM, a go-to event for international satcom actors from the satellite, government, institutional and defence fields, has just concluded. This year, the program featured keynotes from leading government and industry figures and wide-ranging panel discussions on current trends and fundamental changes to the satellite industry such as multi-orbits and small satellites.
ST Engineering iDirect’s CTO, Frederik Simoens, delivered a keynote address: “How Will Space 2.0 Impact Government and Military Operations.” Koen Willems, Head of International Government Satcom, presented on “Preparing a New Era: How the European Protected Waveform Fits Today’s and Tomorrow’s MilSatCom and GovSatCom Requirements” during a panel discussion. The ST Engineering iDirect team was also onsite to take delegates through ST Engineering iDirect’s robust portfolio at stand 13.
As your technology partner, ST Engineering iDirect can expand access to accelerate your growth, offering you the scale you require to succeed in this dynamic and demanding market, using our combined strengths, scale, common vision and focused approach.
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