The AST Group (AST) has partnered with Thales for the global supply of the Thales VesseLINK and Thales MissonLINK terminals to support Iridium’s new Certus services.
“Thales is delighted to confirm AST as a premium global partner for Thales’ MissionLINK and VesseLINK products – This is exactly the kind of partnership we want,” commented Robert Squire, Director, Thales Certus.
“AST is highly ambitious and capable and has the vision to revolutionise land-based and maritime communications with state-of-the-art satellite technology and solutions.”
Mark Sykes, Director, AST added that “the ‘AST INTEGRA Certus’ proposition will be the most attractive and capable in the market.
“Customers will demand the levels of service and features and benefits only we can offer – the Thales partnership is key to bringing some of these to market”.
VesseLINK will provide critical marine operations with a lifeline to shore whenever or wherever a vessel is at sea by offering an affordable, enterprise-grade solution designed to meet the unique challenges of maritime environments. The lightweight solution also affords a simple, adaptable and robust design and easy to use interface for ship captains and crews. It can be installed as a stand-alone solution or used as a VSAT companion.
MissionLINK will be the first of the land-mobile product line and it will operate using Iridium Certus broadband services over a network of 66 satellites that cover 100% of the globe, including the most difficult to service, remote locations.
The addition of the new terminals further enhances AST’s expansive Certus offering. AST’s INTEGRA suite of Value Added Services integrates seamlessly with Certus offering a complete solution to the market.