Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Astrium Delivers Satcom Equipments for Turkish Navy's MILGEM Programme


Astrium Services Secure Satcom Systems division has delivered the first set of satcom equipments to Aselsan for the first of class MILGEM, the prestigious Turkish National corvette programme. The Astrium delivery comprises a set of equipments based on Astriums Mini-SCOT naval terminal. Aselsan, as the prime contractor for the MILGEM satcom suite, are responsible for system design and software development of the terminal and the control station, assembly, integration and test of the terminals as well as the installation, acceptance and test on board and system delivery. Aselsan and Astrium have previously supplied 16 sets of GEMI shipborne terminals, for the Meko and Perry Class ships, under the Turkish Military Satellite Communications System (TMSCS) project.

MILGEM and TMSCS

TMSCS, in conjunction with the Turkish Armed Forces Integrated Communications System (TAFICS) provides the military satcom ground infrastructure, enabling a fully integrated tri-services communications network. MILGEM will gain access to this infrastructure with the provision of full communication services including voice, data and imagery transmission.

The Turkish Navy currently has the additional benefit, within TMSCS, of a separate three-channel direct satellite communications fixed ground terminal known as SABIT, used for direct communication with ships. Aselsan, as the prime contractor and Astrium, as the sub-contractor were favoured by Savunma Sanayii Mstearlii (SSM) with a further order in 2008 to supply a second SABIT terminal, with enhanced features including a 5 channel capability and installation in an EMP protected building. Delivery of the SABIT equipment to Aselsan by Astrium is scheduled for 2009.

Technology transfer

During the implementation phase of the TMSCS system, Astrium provided significant technology transfer to Aselsan covering sub-systems manufacture, system design, integration and operation, and continues to support the long term military and industrial ambitions of Turkey.

Astrium employs Turkish software and support skills

Astrium entered in to a joint venture company in Ankara, Communications Space Technology, which is providing local software and technical support skills for the TMSCS and MILGEM programmes. The JV team has undertaken key software tasks, particularly for network management systems which are utilised in other Astrium programmes in the international arena.


Astrium Services offers a complete range of satellite communications solutions for both government and commercial markets. Astrium, a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS, is dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services. In 2008, Astrium had a turnover of EUR 4.3 billion and more than 15,000 employees in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands.

EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2008, EADS generated revenues of EUR 43.3 billion and employed a workforce of more than 118, 000.

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