Thales Supplies Surfsat-L Satellite Communication Solution for F126 German Frigates

Date: Issue 128 - March 2024

Thales will provide satellite communications for the F126 frigates with SurfSAT-L solutions. This modernized system, previous versions of which have been in service with multiple Navies across the world, will ensure improved connectivity even under difficult operational conditions. The F126 frigates, designed by Damen Naval, will be the largest in the German naval fleet and will be capable of operating in all latitudes. They require protected resilient satellite communications that meet the elongation constraints between the theatre of operations and the command centers of maritime operations to fulfil their missions.

A total of four SurfSAT-L and one Land-Based Training System will be delivered to the German Navy. This milestone marks a further step in the deployment of the new version of the SatCom SurfSAT-L. This secured naval terminal has become an essential tool in the field of satellite communications. Designed for ships from frigates to aircraft carriers, SurfSAT-L has been used by the French Navy and has already been adopted by five other countries in Europe and the Middle East. The SurfSAT-L is a robust, compact, and easy-to-use solution. It has been designed in collaboration with end-users, enabling rapid deployment and mission configuration. F126 will be equipped with a very high-power tri-band (Ka mil, Ka civil, X) SatCom solution, enabling simultaneous transmission on these three frequencies. The system is capable of connecting to Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) and Geostationary Orbit (GEO) satellites, both military and commercial, for optimal connectivity and extended coverage for the German Navy's F126 frigates. Even in a multi-spot satellite architecture, the system is able to maintain optimum connectivity.