Thales aboard the Korean Navy Type 214 submarines

Thales and Sam­sung Thales have been select­ed by the Ger­man sub­ma­rine ship­builder HDW as the providers of the X‑band Sat­com Ter­mi­nal for the six Type 214 sub­marines to be deliv­ered to the Repub­lic of Korea’s Navy as part of the KSS II Batch 2 pro­gramme.

Thales will export its most advanced SATCOM tech­nol­o­gy for sub­marines appli­ca­tion to its part­ner, Sam­sung Thales, pro­vid­ing the key ele­ments of the out­board unit to be installed on the top of the Type 214 SATCOM com­mu­ni­ca­tion mast.

Thales’s solu­tions pro­vide the best answer to both end-cus­tomer require­ments and ship­builder instal­la­tion con­straints by propos­ing a flex­i­ble sys­tem that is adapt­ed to all kind of sub­ma­rine.

The Sat­com ter­mi­nal deliv­ers high track­ing per­for­mances even in extreme envi­ron­ment. It also guar­an­tees high-lev­el inte­grat­ed com­mu­ni­ca­tions, offer­ing the lat­est inno­va­tions in terms of data rate require­ments for voice and data trans­mis­sion.

“Thales is proud to have been select­ed to deliv­er this state of the art mil­i­tary Sat­com solu­tion for the Kore­an Navy”, says Jean-Michel Lagarde, Direc­tor of Net­work and Infra­struc­ture Sys­tems activ­i­ties at Thales. “By answer­ing the par­tic­u­lar needs of its clients, Thales has shown its exper­tise as a glob­al Sat­com solu­tion provider for navies world­wide.”

The deliv­ered sys­tem is issued from Thales’s DIVESAT tech­nol­o­gy and belongs to the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion of sub­ma­rine Sat­com Ter­mi­nals man­u­fac­tured by Thales. It is avail­able in two ver­sions, one fit­ted with a 40 cm anten­na and one fit­ted with a 75 cm anten­na, both address­ing the mar­ket of new sub­marines as well as the retro­fit mar­ket. The two of them are capa­ble of oper­a­tion at dif­fer­ent fre­quen­cy bands (X, Ku, Ka or EHF) and can deliv­er to navies unprece­dent­ed data through­put capa­bil­i­ties, world­wide. The DIVESAT solu­tion fol­lows the for­mer gen­er­a­tion intro­duced in the late 1980s, which has demon­strat­ed decades of trou­ble-free oper­a­tion.

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