Smiths Interconnect Ka-Band Antenna Approved for Inmarsat Network

Smiths Interconnect’s KaStream 5000 MK II antenna system. Photo: Smiths Interconnect

Inmarsat has approved Smiths Interconnect’s KaStream 5000 MK II antenna system for use over the Inmarsat Global Xpress network. The KaStream 5000 MK II antenna system supports commercial and military modems. 

Smiths Interconnect said in a Tuesday release that when using a Global Xpress subscription, Satcom-a-a-Service (SaaS), the terminal provides always available access to high-throughput, reliable, and secure connectivity. Operation on Inmarsat’s military Ka-band steerable beam ensures interoperability with military satellite systems, delivering redundancy, protection, scalability and global portability.

“Our government customers demand commercial and military Ka-band access on aeronautical platforms. This announcement demonstrates our commitment to meeting this need by responding with Global Xpress commercial and mil-Ka terminals for users operating across multiple environments. We are pleased to work with Smiths Interconnect to expand our offerings with the lightweight KaStream 5000 antenna system, which is compatible with milsatcom and enables Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) connectivity for a range of airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions,” said Inmarsat Government CTO Steve Gizinski. 

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