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AUVSI 2017: Triton talks in commercial X-band

2nd May 2017 - 12:00 GMT | by Beth Maundrill in London

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Commercial satellite operator XTAR has been selected by the US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) to support X-band satellite bandwidth for the MQ-4C Triton.

The blanket purchase agreement has a ceiling of $9.8 million and consists of a one-year base with four one-year options. The company has previously held contracts with the US Navy to provide the same service during Triton's testing and verification phase.

Triton's communications payload is built to specifically leverage X-band and military Ka-band frequencies, XTAR will provide an on-demand X-band service.

This marks a move away from Ku-band services traditionally needed for large UAV programmes of

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