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XTAR wins manned airborne ISR contract

Dec. 18, 2013 - 01:47PM   |  
By MICHAEL PECK   |   Comments
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XTAR LLC has been awarded a $5.6 million contract renewal from L-3 Communication Systems-West to provide X-band satellite connectivity to the U.S. Army’s manned ISR program.

The XTAR-EUR satellite, which provides commercial X-band coverage from eastern Brazil across the Atlantic and then west to Singapore, will support connectivity to King Air 350 and Dash 8 aircraft, over multiple beams including Middle East and global beams, according to the XTAR announcement.

“The contracted satellite capacity has increased from the previous amount to satisfy growing requirements, which include achieving higher data rates and supporting additional aircraft,” the company said.

XTAR-EUR has two global, one fixed, and four steerable spot beams.

“Space segment users who facilitate AISR missions represent one of XTAR’s fastest growing customer bases,” XTAR CEO Philip Harlow said.

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