SES to activate European Maritime Safety Agency RPAS operations via satellite + acquires DRS Global Enterprise Solutions – SatNews
The last contract awarded by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) will see the agency continue to use SES’s high-performance satellite connectivity services to Remotely piloted aircraft systems‘ (RPAS), announce SES and EMSA.
Under the new agreement, SES’s Managed Connectivity Service will enable end users to receive and exchange near real-time RPAS data and support the operational needs of missions at sea.
SES is a long-standing partner of EMSA in providing integrated maritime services that support the EU’s goals of creating a safe, secure, green and competitive maritime sector. The new multi-year contract follows a previously awarded agreement that enabled multiple EMSA missions with guaranteed high performance connectivity service for pollution monitoring, maritime safety and general maritime surveillance.
Under the new framework agreement, SES will leverage its extensive government SATCOM Ku-, Ka- and military Ka-band and ground segment capability to continue to provide connectivity services for the RPAS missions of the EMSA in several coastal regions of the European Union. The service will Long Endurance Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems for medium and long range operations. Additionally, MILSATCOM level service will bring connectivity to ships, enabling data-intensive applications such as distribution of audio-visual RPAS mission data, secure network access and connection to shore headquarters to ensure rapid decision-making. .
The connectivity solution provided to EMSA is based on the TO REACH platform, a new capability developed by SES specifically for European government and institutional users requiring fast, flexible, reliable and secure connectivity. The platform enables MILSATCOM level service for safety, security and emergency response applications.
The new agreement with EMSA will allow the European Union Member States to access SES’s extensive Ku and Ka bands on seven SES satellites, as well as the GovSat-1 the satellite government’s military Ka band and the GovSat Secure Missions Operations Center in Europe. SES is the only company that operates a total of 70 satellites, including more than 50 geostationary satellites and 20 non-geostationary medium Earth orbit (MEO) satellites providing carrier-grade SATCOM connectivity worldwide.
“With the increase in the number of sensors used in RPAS missions and the resulting additional data information flow, we need GovSatCom level capabilities that can quickly and flexibly meet our growing performance needs. , security and coverage to support our users. We are very happy to continue working with SES to ensure maritime security in the European Union.,” noted Maja Markovcic KostelacExecutive Director of EMSA.
“As the European Union increasingly adopts RPAS for maritime missions, our priority is to deliver the fully managed high-performance GovSatCom service leveraging SES space and ground infrastructure, along with global multi-band and multi-frequency coverage. . This provides the end user with the information and tools they need to carry out safe and successful missions, including remote monitoring and real-time situational awareness,” noted Philippe Glaesener, Senior Vice President Defence, Security and Institutions at SES. “And we don’t stop there. SES continues to implement innovative multi-orbit solutions, further expanding government services to meet growing demand.”
Additionally, SES SA. recently agreed to acquire DRS Global Enterprise Solutions (GES), an American subsidiary of Leonard DRSfor $450 million.
Upon completion of the transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals expected to be finalized in the second half of 2022, the GHG business will be combined with SES Government Solutions (SES GS), a wholly owned subsidiary of SES, creating a scaled solution provider for the critical connectivity needs of the US government.
“This investment reinforces our commitment to providing industry-leading solutions and services to government customers while ensuring sustained growth for SES in a high-value segment in which we have a history of partnership and success.,” noted Steve’s Pass, CEO of SES. “I have long admired GES and its culture of long-standing relationships built on providing high-performance, reliable, and mission-critical connectivity solutions across the US government. It is a premier solutions provider and the combination with our own SES Government Solutions business will enable SES to serve the US government with an expanded and enhanced set of advanced connectivity and network solutions leveraging the most largest fleet of multi-orbit satellites in the world..”
For more than 20 years, DRS Global Enterprise Solutions has supported end-to-end custom satellite communications solutions for US Government land, sea and air operations. The company is a leading government service provider with more than $250 million in projected annual revenue, long-standing relationships with many key agencies, and expertise in providing integrated satellite-terrestrial solutions, including business IT management and cybersecurity.
SES plans to combine GES and SES GS, leveraging their shared cultures and deep commitment to providing secure global solutions to unite SES GS’s industry-leading multi-orbit satellite networking capabilities with the experience of GES in the integration of satellite communications. US government customers will also benefit from technical and commercial simplification, while ensuring the continuity of high-performance satellite solutions.
GES’s deep understanding of U.S. government customer needs across a wide range of applications will further expand market access for O3b mPOWERthe new generation of SES Mean Earth Orbit (MOE), which will begin to offer a compelling combination of low latency, high throughput per terminal and high flexibility for a range of requirements from late 2022. SES has also developed smart capabilities that enable customer networks to operate seamlessly across multiple Earth orbits and solutions where SES’s combined GS and GES businesses can leverage proven expertise in integrating SES’s unique MEO offering with its own global GEO fleet and third-party access party satellites.
This investment accelerates SES’s revenue growth strategy in networks by providing greater access and expertise in important, high-value segments such as government, where SES has grown revenues by around 30% since 2017. SES revenues serving the US government would double in size with the combination of GES and SES GS.
The consolidation of GES with SES GS is expected to add approximately $40 million of EBITDA and will benefit from the combination of future business expansion and $25 million of run rate run rate synergies, including opportunities support and enhance existing networks and services with multi-orbital networking.
The acquisition is expected to generate accretive earnings and free cash flow per share from day one and funded from existing financial resources. SES remains committed to maintaining a strong balance sheet in line with investment grade ratios.