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Orbit announces new MPT 87 airborne terminal

9th May 2019 - 15:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Orbit Communication Systems has introduced a new airborne Multi-Purpose Terminal (MPT) 87 designed to provide multi-role capability for military and government users.

The advanced MIL-STD qualified terminal initially features a high gain 87cm hybrid Ku-band antenna, with a Ka-band configuration in development. It will operate across the full Ku band and can be easily switched in real time between different operators and satellites.

The MPT 87 is the latest addition to the MPT terminal family and is planned for initial service operation later in 2019. The MPT 87 is integrated with radio frequency and control electronics, and associated software. The MPT’s modular design facilitates its adaptation to different aircraft and platforms.

Ben Weinberger, CEO, Orbit Communication Systems, said: ‘Following our recent announcements of new maritime and airborne SATCOM terminals, developed in coordination with two of the largest satellite operators, this high-speed terminal fulfils key requirements for one of our leading defence segment customers. The underlying MPT architecture and engineering has allowed us to again expand and tailor our airborne terminal family in a timely and cost-effective manner.’

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