Airbus’ military satellite communications kit provides vital data links for HMS Queen Elizabeth maiden voyage
Airbus’ military satellite communications kit installed on HMS Queen
Elizabeth has provided vital data links during the ship’s sea trials ahead of its arrival in Portsmouth
The two Airbus SCOT (Satellite Communications Onboard Terminal) terminals link the ship via the
hardened Skynet 5 military satellites in geostationary orbit to allow the crew and the shipbuilder to
capture trial data and maintain the information flow back ashore, enabling key data to be transmitted
as the trials progressed.
All installation and testing of the Airbus’ secure system was completed before the brand new warship
departed on her maiden voyage on Monday 26th June from Rosyth.
Richard Franklin, Head of Secure Communications at Airbus Defence and Space, said: ‘It was of the
utmost importance to be able to install the satellite communications for HMS Queen Elizabeth’s first
voyage. We are proud to support the future operations of this great warship and its 1,600 crew
members, thanks to our constellation providing the highest reliable satellite communications even in
the most severe conditions worldwide.”
The communications system on board HMS Queen Elizabeth consists of two 2.2m SCOT antenna, the largest antenna of the SCOT family, together with the Full Maritime Terminal system. The system
provides the warship with secure and reliable communications across the globe. Airbus has been designing and producing military high-grade naval terminals and systems for more than 40 years. The first military satcom naval terminal was a SCOT system on HMS Blake in 1974.
More than 300 SCOT terminals have been fitted to more than 40 different warship classes, from
corvettes to aircraft carriers. Airbus has naval systems operating with 13 navies, which have been
successfully used in combat and on operational deployments.
Airbus owns and operates the hardened Skynet X-band satellite constellation of seven satellites and
the ground network to provide all Beyond Line of Sight communications to the UK Ministry of Defence.
The Airbus constellation also offers global military coverage, including in the Indian Ocean and
Western Pacific region.