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Orbit to deliver a military satellite communications system to Israel


According to information published by Orbit Communications Systems Ltd. on May 4, 2021, a global provider of maritime and airborne Satcom terminals, tracking ground station solutions, and mission-critical airborne audio management systems, the company announced the delivery of an OceanTRx4 Mil satellite communications system to the Israeli Navy to be installed on the Saar 6-class corvette.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Israel Navy’s first SA’AR 6-class corvette INS Magen (Picture source: Twitter account: Defensa_Israel)


OceanTRx 4 Mil is a Maritime Satcom Terminal, based on the OceanTRx4 platform but with advanced military features. A patented satellite communication system designed for maritime platforms and supports a variety of configurations of 1.15-meter diameter antenna systems, operating different frequencies including simultaneous operation of a variety of frequencies for global operation.

The OceanTRx 4 Mil system is designed for quick and convenient installation, maintenance and upgrade, combining RF performance and exceptional system availability for security customers.

The Saar 6 class was developed from the German MEKO A100 base (and variations for the German Navy K130 corvettes). The Saar 6 vessels will not just be "Patrol Vessels" as initially reported but rather powerful Corvettes with a displacement in excess of 2,000 tons and a length of 90 meters.

The width of the class is 13.5 meters and its draft is more than 4 meters. Their maximum speed is 26 knots thanks to their diesel power plant and dual-shaft arrangement. The crew complement is about 70 sailors.

Saar 6 class corvettes are armed with 32x VLS cells for surface to air missile system Barak 8 by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and C-DOME naval point defense system by Rafael, 16x anti-ship missiles and the MF-STAR multifunction AESA radar by IAI.