Astrium will deliver a second set of subsystems to the Turkish Navy’s MILGEM satellite communications (satcom) programme under a contract awarded by Aselsan.

Under the contract, Astrium will also provide two of its Mini-SCOT terminals and associated below deck equipment.

The delivery of the subsystems is part of the Turkish National corvette programme designed to construct eight to ten Milgem Class corvettes.

The first set of subsystems were delivered to Aselsan in August 2009.

As the prime contractor for the MILGEM satcom suite, Aselsan will provide naval terminal system design and software development, and software development for the terminals control station.

Aselan will also provide services including assembly, integration and testing of the terminals, and the installation, acceptance, onboard testing and overall system delivery.

The naval subsystems will be operated over Astrium’s secure satcom systems and the Aselsan-supplied Turkish military satellite communications system (TMSCS).

The MILGEM2 obtains access to the ground infrastructure and will provide full communication services including voice, data and imagery transmission.

The MILGEM2 equipment is expected to be delivered during 2010.