Airbus Defence and Space is delivering satellite communications to the UK Royal Air Force’s Red Arrows tour.
As part of the tour, which will include more than 20 flying displays, the 12 Hawk T1s of the Red Arrows based at RAF Scampton will perform displays and a series of flypasts across the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions.
Throughout the tour all assured voice and data communications will be provided by the Skynet constellation primarily through the newly relocated Skynet 5A satellite.
The communication will also be provided through the anchor station managed by Airbus Defence and Space in Adelaide, Australia.
The company opened this station in May this year in partnership with SpeedCast.
Airbus Defence and Space Secure Communications head Richard Franklin said: "The tour came on air in the morning of 30th September 1000 (GMT) from their Far East location, anchored into Adelaide and by 1330 (GMT) that afternoon we had the service in and working on both voice and data.”
During September last year, the company completed the 67,000km relocation of the Skynet 5A satellite from 6° East to 95° East.
The move enabled the extension of Skynet constellation’s coverage and services from 115 West to 163 East, including the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific region.
Following the move, the network now offers global military X-band and UHF coverage and expanded core service reach for the UK military.