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UAE's Yahsat to provide satellite comms services to Bahrain

Technology firm signs contract to supply communications services to the Bahrain Defence Force

UAE's Yahsat to provide satellite comms services to Bahrain
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UAE-based technology firm Al Yah Communications Company, also known as Yahsat, has signed a contract to provide satellite communications services to the Bahrain Defence Force.

Under the terms of the contract, Yahsat will provide multi-faceted customised services, including hardware, full beam coverage over the Ka-band and training in the use of the technology.

The Bahrain Defence Force will take delivery later this year, a statement said.

Brigadier Mohammed Qatami Al-Kubaisi, director of information and moral guidance, Bahrain Defence Force, said: "This contract reflects the longstanding and deep partnership between Bahrain and the UAE. Satellite communications are a vital aspect of ensuring our security and our partnership with Yahsat underlines the mutual trust and cooperation between our brotherly nations."

Ali Al Hashemi, general manager of Yahsat added: "Our selection by the Bahrain Defence Force is a huge endorsement of the quality of our technology and the professionalism of our teams.

"Defence requirements are by nature the most challenging and the decision by the Bahrain Defence Force to work with Yahsat is ample evidence of our capacity to deliver communications support.

"This is an important step in our strategy to deliver cutting-edge technology to the global defence sector, building on the experience and expertise gained from our vital work with the UAE Armed Forces."

Last month, Yahsat announced that the preliminary design review for its third satellite has been completed.

Yahsat, which is a wholly owned unit of the Mubadala Development Company, said that the review is the first step toward confirming that the satellite will operate effectively in orbit.

Company officials also confirmed that they are on track to launch the Al Yah 3 satellite in the fourth quarter of 2016 and it will target markets in South America.

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