Thales wins new capability upgrade contract for NATO secure satellite communications

Thales recently won a contract to upgrade the operational performance and decrease the operating cost of NATO’s protected satellite communications capability on behalf of the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency.

The new capability upgrade will optimize the bandwidth occupancy at satellite level by expanding NATO-EMS’s performance to high rate data links and significantly boosting the spectral efficiency of the transmission links.

The NATO Electronic Protective Measures (EPM) Modem System provides satellite communications transmissions that resist jamming and have low probabilities of interception and exploitation. This system allows NATO to deploy highly protected SATCOM links between anchor stations and Transportable Satellite Ground Terminals (TSGT).

Thales won the original contract in 2006. It finished installing the NATO-EMS system in 2008.

The Company based NATO’s secure satellite communications system on its Modem 21e EPM transmission system. Modem 21e uses a common transmission core that is fully adapted to the broad range of protected SATCOM operations to accomplish all manner of applications across the armed services.

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