L3Harris Technologies’ Panther II Satellite Terminal Receives Inmarsat Global Xpress Type Approval

ROCHESTER, N.Y. Nov 6, 2019


  • First terminal equipped with the iDirect 950mp modem to receive Category 1 type approval
  • Provides users single terminal for government and global commercial use
  • Enables end-to-end connectivity options and interoperability with global commercial service

L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX) has received Inmarsat Global Xpress (GX) Category 1 type approval for its Panther II Ka-band 60 and 96 centimeter Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSAT).

L3Harris’ Panther II is the first terminal equipped with the iDirect 950mp core module to receive Category 1 type approval for operation over Inmarsat’s commercial GX service. GX is the world’s first and only globally available, high-speed wideband network, owned and managed by a single operator.

The Panther II VSAT is fielded world-wide by customers who operate them over the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) constellation. The Inmarsat GX Category 1 type approval now gives users the ability to own a single terminal that can be configured for use on a commercial Ka-band network.

“Obtaining Inmarsat type approval on our Panther II terminal enables us to provide customers with more end-to-end connectivity options and interoperability,” said Chris Aebli, President, Global Communication Systems, L3Harris.

“As a long-time trusted partner to the U.S. government, we designed Global Xpress with government mobile users in mind, thereby, boosting the effectiveness, flexibility and resilience of military satellite communication systems,” said Keith Gammon, Director, Product Development, Inmarsat.

“With the Inmarsat type approval of L3Harris’ Panther II terminal, expeditionary users now have more ways to access reliable and highly available commercial wideband capacity in parallel with their WGS network.”


About Inmarsat

Inmarsat is the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications. It owns and operates the world’s best global portfolio of satellite networks, specifically designed for customer mobility, and holds a multi-layered, global spectrum portfolio, covering L-band, Ka-band and S-band, enabling unparalleled breadth and diversity in the solutions it provides. Inmarsat’s long established global distribution network includes not only the world’s leading channel partners but also its own strong, direct retail capabilities, enabling end-to-end customer service assurance.

The company has an unrivalled track record of operating the world’s most reliable global mobile satellite networks, sustaining business and mission critical safety and operational applications for over 40 years. It is also a major driving force behind technological innovation in mobile satellite communications, sustaining its leadership through a substantial investment and a powerful network of technology and manufacturing partners.

Inmarsat operates across a diversified portfolio of sectors with the financial resources to fund its business strategy and holds leading positions in the Maritime, Government and Aviation satcoms markets, operating consistently as a trusted, responsive and high quality partner to its customers across the globe.


About L3Harris Technologies

L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs.

The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across air, land, sea, space and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $17 billion in annual revenue and 50,000 employees, with customers in 130 countries. L3Harris.com.


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