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Inmarsat and Blackned combine to support German armed forces

The agreement will see German firm Blackned’s software combined with Inmarsat’s satellite communications networks to provide an integrated solution for the Bundeswehr.


Inmarsat, a world leader in global, mobile satellite communications, and Blackned, whose software-based middleware allows the digitisation of land forces, have signed an agreement to provide an integrated, seamless service for government customers. 

Blackned’s TacticalCORE® framework is a combination of hardware and software which allows armed forces to integrate the often-disparate communications networks used by armies, navies, and air forces. This allows military organisations to use a single, decentralised digital platform which allows faster and more reliable communications between different organisations in contested or congested combat zones. 

Inmarsat’s reliable satellite connectivity will provide a critical infrastructure link to allow governments to modernise communications further and adopt innovations like artificial intelligence, machine learning, Internet of Things, or cloud computing.

Through the partnership, Blackned and Inmarsat will provide a more seamless solution, with Blackned accessing both Inmarsat’s global L-band service (ELERA) and Ka-band service (GlobalXpress). Both companies share an ethos of simplifying communication services to provide secure, reliable, and easy-to-use tools for operational teams.

Blackned and Inmarsat have already tested and proven the integration of satellite communication into the German Armed Forces’ DLBO (digitalisation of land-based operations) programme which uses Blackned’s technology.

Tests of the company’s TacticalCORE® in conjunction with Inmarsat’s BGAN Patrol systems have also taken place at the European level. Following positive results, both companies are already working together on future digitisation projects to allow dynamic and operational information transmission and interoperability for the armed forces of the European Union and NATO partners.

Todd McDonell, President of Inmarsat Government, said “Fast, reliable communications can be the difference between a successful mission or an emergency evacuation for the governments we work with. This partnership means we can build on our successful trials with Blackned so far and offer a better, more efficient solution for the German government.”

By leveraging Blackned’s TacticalCORE® framework and Inmarsat’s satellite connectivity, governments can modernize their communication infrastructure and adopt innovative solutions to improve their capabilities,” said Ronny Simroth, Sales Director at Blackned. “The collaboration demonstrates the commitment of both companies to delivering secure, reliable, and user-friendly communication tools for operational teams.“


About Inmarsat

Inmarsat delivers world leading, innovative, advanced and exceptionally reliable global, mobile communications across the world – in the air, at sea and on land - that are enabling a new generation of commercial, government and mission-critical services. Inmarsat is powering the digitalisation of the maritime industry, making operations more efficient and safer than ever before. It is driving a new era of inflight passenger services for aviation, while ensuring that aircraft can fly with maximum efficiency and safety. Furthermore, Inmarsat is enabling the rapid expansion of the Internet of Things (IoT) and enabling the next wave of world-changing technologies that will underpin the connected society and help build a sustainable future. And now Inmarsat is developing the first-of-its-kind, multi-dimensional communications network of the future, ORCHESTRA.

In November 2021, Inmarsat and Viasat announced the planned combination of the two companies, to create a new leader in global communications.

About Blackned

Blackned GmbH, founded in 2009, is an innovative company which, with its software-based middleware - the TacticalCORE® - forms the core element of the architecture of the digitalisation of the land forces. With TacticalCORE®, the company Blacknedx` is developing the communication layer in the implementation of the ”D-LBO" project. Regarding DIV2025/27 (D-LBO basic), this will be an essential building block of digital sovereignty as well as a fundamental element of the future viability of the entire weapon and soldier system architecture.

With the German BSI & NATO -compliant security certification for the encrypted transmission of classified information, Blackned creates the prerequisites for making information available securely and reliably at the upper, through to the lower levels of command. With the MeshFLOW® process developed by Blackned, the TacticalCORE® succeeds in spanning a true, virtually uninterrupted mobile network between mobile nodes, thus providing the necessary high bandwidth across the entire battlefield. This means that forces always have access to a network that follows their mission.

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