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01 Nov 12. Inmarsat announced that Shared Services Canada (SSC) will deploy FleetBroadband and new Assured Access service that will provide worldwide coverage for 29 Canadian naval vessels. The contract to provide these services to Government of Canada is now under the responsibility of SSC. The Government of Canada established SSC in August 2011 to consolidate its data centers, telecommunications and email systems. Deployment of these services to the Canadian Navy started in October 2012. FleetBroadband will provide the ships with global broadband connectivity while at sea – for email, internet and data services and voice communications. Since Inmarsat introduced FleetBroadband in 2007, it has been deployed on more than 30,000 commercial and government vessels worldwide. Inmarsat’s new Assured Access service grants government customers priority access to Inmarsat satellite network resources via their Subscriber Identification Modules (SIMs). Assured Access subscribers are guaranteed a specific grade of FleetBroadband, Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) or SwiftBroadband service within pre-defined geographic areas, thereby assuring capacity and network access will be available during contingencies and crises.

05 Nov 12. Redundant LNA systems increase reliability of satcom services. Now available from Link Microtek is a range of redundant low-noise amplifier systems that are specifically designed to ensure the continuous operation of satellite communications terminals, thereby preventing any disruption to services. Manufactured by US company MITEQ, the redundant LNA systems consist of an outdoor amplifier/switch assembly, which is installed at the antenna hub, an indoor rack-mount local control unit and a 30m-long RS485/RS422 control cable. The control unit remotely monitors the LNA signal and, in the event of a fault condition or an operator-generated command, automatically switches the standby LNA into the satcom link while instantly removing the fault unit from the signal path, thus maintaining link continuity. The LNA systems come in three different configurations – 1:1, dual 1:1 and 1:2 – and can be specified with a choice of 19 satcom frequency bands. All versions feature a wide input voltage range of 90-250VAC and use fully redundant, hot-swappable power supplies. Available options include RS232 and Ethernet interfaces, custom cable lengths up to 122m, input and output test couplers, transmit reject filters and an internal noise source.

07 Nov 12. Lockheed Martin and Indonesian technology firm PT CMI Teknologi (CMI) recently completed a production readiness review that qualifies CMI to begin in-country manufacturing for the TPS-77 and FPS-117 long-range surveillance radars. Lockheed Martin and CMI are jointly pursuing the National Airspace Surveillance – Republic of Indonesia (NASRI) program, with the intent to produce more than 20 new radars to improve airspace surveillance, safety, and management over the Indonesian Archipelago in support of the government’s defense revitalization initiative. The production readiness review is the latest step in supporting the Indonesian government’s efforts to greatly enhance air sovereignty and surveillance over the country’s more than 17,000 islands, and to expand Indonesia’s industrial capabilities. Data feeds from the new network will also enhance civilian air traffic control, including commercial air traffic management, which is currently handled by radars in nearby Singapore.

08 Nov 12. Liteye Systems, Inc. and Plextek Limited have combined their market leading thermal imaging and ground surveillance radar products to target the VIP protection market. The combination of the Blighter B202 Mk 2 portable electronic scanning ground surveillance radar and Liteye’s Aquila PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom) thermal imaging surveillance system provides

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