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SKorea enhances military operations with Iridium connectivity
Iridium's satellite network, distinguished by its Low-Earth-Orbit (LEO) constellation, provides weather-resilient L-band connectivity and global coverage, surpassing the limitations faced by geostationary (GEO) systems. This network ensures the delivery of mission-critical and secure communications, a necessity for military operations in challenging environments.
SKorea enhances military operations with Iridium connectivity
by Riko Seibo
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Feb 29, 2024

In a significant move towards modernizing its military communication infrastructure, the Republic of Korea (ROK) Ministry of Defense has officially integrated Iridium Communications Inc.'s (NASDAQ: IRDM) satellite connectivity into its operational framework. This strategic adoption of Iridium's comprehensive suite of communication solutions marks a pivotal advancement in the ROK Army's capabilities, facilitating unparalleled real-time position tracking and secure data exchange for military personnel.

Facilitated by Arion Communication Co. Ltd., a key Iridium service provider, and the ROK MOD's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), the collaboration has led to the deployment of over 1,000 Iridium Connected SAT-PRE (Position Reporting Equipment) devices. These devices are poised to significantly bolster the Army's proficiency in data tracking, communication, and overall operational efficiency.

Designed to endure the rigors of military operations, the SAT-PRE devices support Iridium's Push-to-Talk (PTT) and Short Burst Data (SBD) applications, enabling messaging and positioning functionalities. This handheld, multi-functional communication tool is built to provide reliable service across land, sea, and air, ensuring that ROK military forces remain connected, even in the harshest conditions.

Matt Desch, CEO of Iridium, commended the partnership with Arion, highlighting the importance of satellite solutions in advancing global military communication capabilities. Desch's remarks underscore the role of Iridium's technology in offering cutting-edge, reliable communication solutions that cater to the dynamic needs of defense forces worldwide.

Tony Park, CEO of Arion Communications, shared insights into the significance of the contract with the ROK MOD's DAPA, emphasizing the growing diversity in satellite communication needs within the military sector. The contract not only involves the supply of satellite terminals but also the integration of a comprehensive satellite communication system with the military network. Park credited the solid partnership with Iridium and the proven reliability of the Iridium network, which has been validated through extensive battlefield testing, for securing this significant supply contract.

Highlighting the strategic benefits of the SAT-PRE system, Young-geun Park, head of the Surveillance and Electronic Warfare Program Department at DAPA, detailed the project's objectives. The SAT-PRE system is expected to enhance the performance and communication radius of the ROK Special Forces, facilitating direct data and voice communications with command centers during global operations. This capability is vital for ensuring the safety and effectiveness of ROK military personnel in overseas deployments and conflict zones.

Iridium's satellite network, distinguished by its Low-Earth-Orbit (LEO) constellation, provides weather-resilient L-band connectivity and global coverage, surpassing the limitations faced by geostationary (GEO) systems. This network ensures the delivery of mission-critical and secure communications, a necessity for military operations in challenging environments.

The adoption of Iridium connectivity by the ROK Ministry of Defense signifies a substantial leap forward in military communication technology, offering a robust, reliable solution that promises to transform the operational dynamics of the ROK Army.

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