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Gilat wins potential $50m LEO connectivity contract

February 2, 2021

By Chris Forrester

Israel-based satellite technology company Gilat Satellite Networks says it has been awarded a significant contract to supply Solid State power amplifiers for a Low Earth orbit broadband satellite constellation.

Gilat says the contract is estimated to be worth more than $50 million and has been awarded to its subsidiary company Wavestream.

The announcement does not mention the LEO constellation the Wavestream for which the technology has been selected.

“Wavestream has been selected as the vendor of choice to support the delivery of essential Gateways for the Low Earth Orbit satellite programme,” said Bob Huffman, Wavestream’s General Manager. “Wavestream’s proven technological advantage, as well as our unmatched production capacity, make us a perfect supplier for the high volume of Ka-band Gateway-class SSPAs required for this constellation.”

Wavestream, a Gilat subsidiary, is an industry leader in the design and manufacture of next generation satellite communications high power transceivers for In Flight Connectivity, Ground Mobility and Gateway markets. “Since 2001, we provide system integrators with field-proven, high performance Ka, Ku and X band Solid State Power Amplifiers (SSPAs), Block Upconverters (BUCs), Block Down Converters and Transceivers. We design, manufacture and repair our products in-house and have delivered over 40,000 systems in the past 15 years. Wavestream products provide high quality and reliability under the harshest environmental conditions and we are currently certified to ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100D standards,” said the company.

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