Astrium Services has been awarded a contract by F125 ARGE, a joint venture between Thyssen-Krupp and Lürssen, to deliver the satellite-communication system for the German navy’s four F125-class frigates.

Astrium Services has been awarded a contract by F125 ARGE, a joint venture between Thyssen-Krupp and Lürssen, to deliver the satellite-communication system for the German navy’s four F125 class frigates.

The contract, which will be delivered by Astrium’s Secure Satcom Systems Division, will provide the F125 with the capability to conduct global operations by ensuring secure, high-bandwidth communications over Germany’s SATCOM BW2 and other allied networks.

The latest generation of the SCOT range of naval terminals, the SCOT 6 system, is said to provide flexibility for the F125 and is capable of operations at SHF (X-Band) with dual X-Ku band growth options.

According to Astrium, logistics support for the F125’s planned two-year deployments has been simplified by providing a high level of inbuilt redundancy that reduces onboard spares requirements. Combined with advanced user interfaces, this minimises maintenance and training requirements, reducing through-life costs.