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L3Harris Technologies’ DarkWing™ Terminal Now Certified to Operate on Inmarsat’s Global Xpress Network

Communication Systems
Jan 25, 2021 | 3 MINUTE Read

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — L3Harris Technologies’ (NYSE:LHX) DarkWing™ terminal has received Category 1 and Category 4 approval to operate on Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) network in both commercial and military Ka (Mil Ka) globally.

DarkWing is a new addition to the GX family of terminals that combines a small form factor and lightweight flat-panel to produce a Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) providing high-speed data communications for Internet, virtual private network (VPN) connectivity and video transmission. A worldwide GX subscriptions plan offers data rates up to 6Mbps x 3Mbps. Higher-speed communications are available to government customers on the GX SATCOM as a Service network up to 59Mbps x 7.5Mbps globally, and up to 90Mbps x 30Mbps using Inmarsat military Ka steerable antennas.

This ruggedized terminal solution is designed to fit in a backpack or laptop-sized case for ease of transport, ideal for small teams, VIPs or sensitive missions. Time from setup to operational use is less than five minutes, achieved through integration of the modem, radio frequency (RF) components and antenna into a single assembly, representing a significant setup time reduction over competing products.

DarkWing acquires GX satellites through a simplified manual pointing process featuring the L3Harris ViewSat-e Graphical User Interface (GUI). The flat-panel VSAT employs its built-in GPS and compass to quickly provide operators a pointing solution and visual indicators for pointing adjustments via a user-friendly front panel display.

“Expanding the global opportunities for our DarkWing terminal provides customers the capability to connect to the Inmarsat Global Xpress very high-throughput satellite system using a small, compact terminal anywhere in the world at any time,” said Jerry Adams, General Manager, SATCOM Products, L3Harris.

Steve Gizinski, President, Inmarsat Government, said: “The DarkWing terminal is a great addition to our Global Xpress terminal portfolio. This terminal enables high-speed connectivity with BGAN-style ease of use. When combined with Inmarsat’s Global Xpress service, this lightweight, flat-panel, ruggedized solution provides land expeditionary users highly reliable, always-available connectivity worldwide.”

About L3Harris Technologies
L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across air, land, sea, space and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $18 billion in annual revenue and 48,000 employees, with customers in more than 100 countries.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements that reflect management's current expectations, assumptions and estimates of future performance and economic conditions. Such statements are made in reliance upon the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The company cautions investors that any forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results and future trends to differ materially from those matters expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Statements about system capabilities are forward-looking and involve risks and uncertainties. L3Harris disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

About Inmarsat
Inmarsat is the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications. It owns and operates the world’s most diverse global portfolio of mobile telecommunications satellite networks, and holds a multi-layered, global spectrum portfolio, covering L-band, Ka-band and S-band, enabling unparalleled breadth and diversity in the solutions it provides. Inmarsat’s long-established global distribution network includes not only the world’s leading channel partners but also its own strong direct retail capabilities, enabling end to end customer service assurance.

The company has an unrivalled track record of operating the world’s most reliable global mobile satellite telecommunications networks, sustaining business and mission critical safety & operational applications for more than 40 years. It is also a major driving force behind technological innovation in mobile satellite communications, sustaining its leadership through a substantial investment and a powerful network of technology and manufacturing partners.

Inmarsat operates across a diversified portfolio of sectors with the financial resources to fund its business strategy and holds leading positions in the Maritime, Government, Aviation and Enterprise satcoms markets, operating consistently as a trusted, responsive and high-quality partner to its customers across the globe.

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