Orbit Communications Systems has received an order to provide additional dual-band OceanTRx 4 systems for installation onboard the Polish Navy’s Cormorant-class minehunter vessel.

The order was awarded by systems integrator THESTA on behalf of PGZ Group.

OceanTRx 4 is a rugged dual-band maritime satellite communications platform designed to support the mission-critical broadband needs of naval ships.

The communications platform can be used for one-day deployment.

THESTA technical director Cezary Majchrowicz said: “We offer a wide range of products and services to the entire naval sector in Poland.

“We expect the success of OceanTRx with the navy will help us expand our partnership with Orbit.”

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Orbit Communications has stated that the system is designed to deliver high performance and low maintenance costs.

The maritime satcom terminal can easily switch between X and Ku bands.

Orbit Business Development & Marketing senior vice-president Stav Gizunterman said: “Orbit is a world leader in maritime satcom solutions for navies and the commercial sector, with several thousand systems now providing services across the seven seas.

“This repeat order from a long-term customer underscores the trend for defence organisations to turn to companies like Orbit for best-of-breed commercial systems adapted for defence applications.”

The Cormorant II class vessels support the Polish Navy’s efforts to counter mine-related threats at sea.

The navy uses the minehunter in the Polish economic zone, the Baltic Sea and the North Sea region.

Poland signed a contract in September 2013 with a consortium led by Grupa Remontowa Shipbuilding to procure three Cormorant II class vessels.