Airbus Defence and Space has been awarded the Maritime Network Evolution (MNE) contract with the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence. The contract value amounts to £36 million, and will cover the communications networks of 20 Royal Navy warships, including Type 45 destroyers and Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers, upgraded over the next four years.

This solution creates the internet protocol backbone of the future maritime architecture and extends the life of the military SATCOM (satellite communication) well into the middle of the next decade. It will remove obsolete equipment, remove the dependency of serial services and allow platforms to have the ability to select their own communication bearers for operations.

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