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Inmarsat signs MOA with TECOM for Global Xpress government aviation terminals


Inmarsat and TECOM, a part of Smiths Microwave and a leader in innovative design and manufacturing of high-performance antenna systems, have established a Memorandum of Arrangement (MOA) to manufacture Global Xpress aviation terminals for the government market.

TECOM’s initial offering for the government aviation market is the recently-developed Ka-5000 SATCOM antenna system. This terminal will allow government aeronautical customers access to the high-speed wideband capabilities of the Inmarsat-5 Global Xpress satellite constellation in both the military and commercial Ka-bands. The Ka-5000 features a special thermal management solution that enables government users to operate in a wide variety of operational scenarios. Additionally, the system’s multi-modem capability allows customers to use any desired network infrastructure, providing maximum flexibility.

“We are very pleased to work with Inmarsat to provide our affordable, leading edge line of SATCOM Tail Mount Antenna System products that offer broadband two-way connectivity to the government market,” said TECOM President Gene Joles. “Inmarsat and TECOM have partnered for years in the L-band market, and we are excited about the possibilities the Ka-band market holds as Global Xpress enters worldwide commercial service in 2015.”

“We are delighted about this arrangement with TECOM given their expertise in introducing innovative terminals for government aeronautical applications. Global Xpress is designed to fulfill the government user’s critical requirement for mobile, interoperable, high-throughput connectivity worldwide, and we look forward to utilizing that capability through our value-added partners, providing affordable solutions for this demanding market,” added Peter Hadinger, President of Inmarsat’s US Government Business Unit.

About TECOM Industries, Inc.

TECOM Industries Inc., part of Smiths Microwave, is a leader in innovative design and manufacturing of high-performance antennas and antenna systems for aerospace, defense and commercial wireless applications. TECOM’s antenna systems meet challenging RF requirements in telemetry, electronic warfare and broadband communications in the most demanding and severe environments. As a key partner to our customers, TECOM excels in the development and production of high-volume antenna systems with excellent quality, reliability and on-time delivery. TECOM is headquartered in Thousand Oaks, CA.  For more information about TECOM, visit our website at

About Smiths Microwave

Smiths Microwave is a leading provider of components, sub-assemblies, antennas and systems solutions, primarily for defense and aerospace applications, and solutions that test, filter and process high-frequency signals for wireless telecommunication networks. As a family of brands, Kaelus, Radio Waves, TECOM, TRAK, LORCH, TRAK Limited, Millitech, EMC/Florida RF Labs provide exacting solutions for antenna systems for the military and commercial aerospace, transceivers, frequency sources, timing systems, component applications, and a wide range of innovative RF and Microwave solutions for the wireless telecommunications sector. Alongside Smiths Connectors and Smiths Power, Smiths Microwave is part of the Smiths Interconnect Division of Smiths Group, a global leader in applying advanced technologies for markets in threat and contraband detection, energy, medical devices, communications, and engineered components.  Smiths Group employs approximately 23,000 people in more than 50 countries. For further information on the variety of products TECOM manufactures, please visit our website at

About Inmarsat

Inmarsat plc is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air. Inmarsat employs around 1,600 staff in more than 60 locations around the world, with a presence in the major ports and centres of commerce on every continent. Inmarsat is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:ISAT.L). The Inmarsat press release newsfeed and corporate updates are on Twitter @InmarsatGlobal


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