EOS wins $14 million satellite communications order

Defence, space and communications business Electro Optic Holdings has won contracts to supply its Cobra Maritime Satellite terminals (main picture) to four allied naval forces.

The company’s Brisbane offshoot, EM Solutions (below) will supply the $14 million order, which will principally go to NATO forces, for delivery in 2020 and 2021.

EM Solutions, a spinout from the University of Queensland, was bought by EOS six months ago, bringing together two Australian-owned businesses in satellite communications.

Together with existing orders from the Royal Australian Navy, the company now has a record order backlog.

The company has supplied or is under contract to deliver Cobra terminals to six of the world’s largest navies across four continents.

EM Solutions CEO Dr Rowan Gilmore said: “These export sales confirm EM Solutions as a trusted supplier of broadband satellite communications around the world.

“The orders come on the back of the tremendous support the company has received from the Australian Department of Defence in the development and commercialisation of its Cobra terminals.”

The terminals operate in the X-Band and Ka-Bands.

The RAN is deploying the Cobra on multiple vessel types.

EOS group CEO Dr Ben Greene said the global success of Cobra underscored its suitability for a wider role in satellite communications.

Greene said: “Cobra is the most versatile satellite communication terminal available, providing users with access to both mid earth orbit and geostationary orbit satellites in multiple military and commercial bands, and from rapidly manoeuvring platforms such as fast naval vessels.”

Picture: dsdmip.qld.gov.au/EM Solutions

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