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BAE receives contract for Royal Australian Navy SATCOM upgrades
by Stephen Carlson
Washington (UPI) May 25, 2017


BAE Systems Australia has been awarded a $30 million contract for satellite communications upgrades for the Royal Australian Navy, the company announced Thursday.

The modifications would apply to the maritime element of the Advanced SATCOM Terrestrial Infrastructure System, or MASTIS. The program will greatly increase the bandwidth of the current system and allow better interoperability between defense satellites, aircraft and ships.

"The upgrade will provide the Royal Australian Navy with a capability edge that will significantly improve its ability to keep our nation safe by providing the very latest in satellite communications interoperability," Glynn Phillips, chief executive of BAE Systems Australia, said in a press release.

MASTIS terminals carry two antennas and allow the system to communicate with two satellites at a time across multiple communication bands.

The MASTIS system is fitted to Landing Helicopter Dock and Air Warfare Destroyers. The upgrade will apply to 17 ships and a training suite, and the program will be conducted in cooperation with Airbus Defense and Space.

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India approves new defence policy to boost local companies
New Delhi (AFP) May 24, 2017
India's cabinet on Wednesday approved a long-awaited policy to boost local manufacturing of high-tech defence equipment and cut down reliance on expensive imports. Under the new Strategic Partnership model, the government will pick Indian companies to tie up with foreign organisations to manufacture fighter jets, armoured vehicles, helicopters and submarines locally. Prime Minister Naren ... read more

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