Satellite provider Iridium to support South Korean military with connectivity

Iridium SAT-PRE By Arion

Iridium Connectivity has struck a partnership with the Republic of Korea (ROK) Ministry of Defense (MOD).

This will see Iridium provide connectivity for strategic use within the Republic of Korea’s military operations.

Satellite firm Iridium will provide the ROK Army with a range of services, including real-time position-tracking capabilities for soldiers.

In a statement, Iridium noted that its service provider Arion Communication Co. Ltd. , and the ROK MOD’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) have delivered more than 1,000 Iridium Connected SAT-PRE (Position Reporting Equipment) devices.

The company claims that it will be able to fortify the ROK Army’s capabilities in data tracking.

Arion will manage Iridium satellite airtime directly with the ROK MOD.

Arion’s SAT-PRE supports Iridium Push-to-Talk (PTT) and Short Burst Data (SBD) applications such as messaging and positioning.

“This contract is especially meaningful as it is not just a supply of satellite terminals, but also a supply of a satellite communication system that can be fully integrated with the military network system, and it is characterized by the fact that SAT-PRE’s outstanding performance is based on the reliability of the Iridium network through numerous battlefield tests, and it can be utilized out of the box with proven communication performance,” said Tony Park, CEO, Arion Communications.

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