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SES wins O3b order from US military

May 17, 2021

By Chris Forrester

SES Government Solutions, which says it is working in “close partnership [with] a key US government customer”, has confirmed an order for its O3b fleet of Medium Earth orbiting (MEO) satellites.

The order is worth $11.8 million but this is a portion of a much larger value ‘Blanket Purchase Agreement’ worth $516.7 million set aside for MEO low-latency, high-throughput satellites. SES says this is the 15th task order awarded to SES Government Solutions on this particular overall Blanket Purchase Agreement.

SES says that with this agreement, SES Government Solutions expands its high-throughput, low-latency services in support of mission-essential combatant command requirements, as the customer needs evolve, by providing innovative, flexible and secure communications solutions.

“The Department of Defense has vast and expansive information at their fingertips,” said President/CEO of SES Government Solutions, Brigadier General Pete Hoene, USAF (retired). “Utilising reachback technology gives our warfighters the information and support needed for mission success. By leveraging the O3b MEO constellation, deployed US military personnel have access to near real-time decision-making intelligence at the tactical edge.”

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