EM Solutions secures multiple export orders for Cobra maritime satellite terminals
Electro Optic Systems Holdings Limited has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Brisbane-based EM Solutions has recently closed contracts to deliver its Cobra Maritime Satellite Terminals to four allied Navy end users in the EMEA region. These contracts, valued at approximately $14M, will be delivered through 2020 and 2021.
In addition to its strong existing order book with the Royal Australian Navy, these contracts result in a record backlog for the company, six months after being acquired by EOS.
With its Cobra terminals now in use or on order with six of the world’s largest navies across four continents, the contracts further validate the acceptance of EM Solutions satellite communications products as a technology of choice to some of the world’s pre-eminent naval end users. Operating at X-Band, Military Ka-Band and Commercial Ka-Band and certified for operation on major global networks such as WGS and Inmarsat GX, the Cobra terminals provide users with robust and resilient beyond line-of-site communications with unprecedented flexibility and assuredness for their operations at sea.
EM Solutions CEO, Dr Rowan Gilmore said: “These export sales help confirm EM Solutions as a trusted supplier of broadband satellite communications to defence forces around the world. The orders come on the back of the tremendous support the company has received from the Australian Department of Defence in the development and commercialisation of its Cobra terminals.
As we continue to support the Royal Australian Navy with deployment of Cobra terminals on multiple vessel types, the confidence shown in Australian space communications technology by multiple allied navies is a strong endorsement of the sovereign capability that has been fostered by Australian Defence Industry Policy”.
The Group CEO of EOS, Dr Ben Greene, said: “The global success of our Cobra technology underscores its suitability for a wider role in global satellite communications. Cobra is presently the most versatile satellite communication terminal available, providing users with access to both MEO (mid earth orbit) and GEO (geostationary orbit) satellites in multiple military and commercial bands, and from rapidly manoeuvring platforms such as fast naval vessels.
Cobra is now being extended in scale and adapted in spectrum for more platforms, and a wide range of potential roles in the EOS deployment of next-generation communication satellites in MEO.”
In parallel with the negotiation of these recent contracts, EM Solutions expanded its presence in Europe in cooperation with long-time partner UR Group based in Milan, Italy. This expanded cooperation has provided EM Solutions with a direct business development presence in the region and provides a platform from which more comprehensive customer support and service capabilities can implemented as required. Given the current challenges of the global pandemic, the company’s direct presence in North America and now Europe has cushioned the impact of supporting new and existing customers in these markets at this time.