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In September, Hughes signed an agreement with Airbus Defence and Space to expand their business partnership to serve growing tactical military communications requirements around the globe. Under the agreement, Airbus Defence and Space will distribute all models of the Hughes HM System, a flexible satellite networking technology engineered around its Software-Definable Modem (SDM) and Scrambled Code Multiple Access (SCMA) waveform. Enabling affordable, resilient solutions for various mobility and portable government user requirements, the HM System’s ultra-compact terminals operate over Airbus Defence and Space’s XEBRA Service, via the Skynet 5 X-band satellite constellation. Hughes will also provide hardware, technology, and engineering support related to use of the HM System. Additionally, Hughes will offer XEBRA service to US government users requiring easily deployable and resilient satellite communications for tactical missions, bringing innovative solutions to more US users as well as customers around the globe. “The continued strategic relationship with Airbus Defence and Space along with Tampa Microwave’s ruggedized packaging of innovative Hughes technology will open new opportunities in the growing tactical defense market,” said Rick Lober, Vice President and General Manager, Hughes Defense and Intelligence Systems. “It builds on the early success of our joint delivery of combined HM System and XEBRA services, exemplifying the critical role that satellite providers play in supporting the rapidly changing, national security landscape around the world.”
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