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The addition of Orbit’s Multi-Purpose Terminals (MPT) bolsters the extensive COMSAT portfolio, positioning COMSAT as a single source for both hardware and connectivity services for demanding government customers worldwide.

September 30, 2020

Herndon, VA / 9 September 2020 – COMSAT, the global satellite connectivity solutions provider and member of the Satcom Direct family, is further expanding its international terminal, hardware and service footprint following the signing of a new distribution agreement with global provider of airborne and maritime satellite solutions, Orbit Communications Systems Inc. (TASE: ORBI).

 

The addition of Orbit’s Multi-Purpose Terminals (MPT) bolsters the extensive COMSAT portfolio, positioning COMSAT as a single source for both hardware and connectivity services for demanding government customers worldwide. The MPT WGX models deliver added value to COMSAT’s connectivity offering as the reliable, modular, multi-role aviation terminals are designed to be fully interoperable with the US Government’s military Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) network and are optimized for use over Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) Ka band constellation.

 

Available in 30cm (12in) or 46cm (18in), the lightweight, small-footprint terminals couple high transmit and receive performance and reliability, enabling a wide range of communication opportunities for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), military mission aircraft, rotary-wing platforms and business jets. With only three Line Replaceable Units (LRUs), the system is lighter and easier to install than existing offerings. Built to fulfill “anytime, anywhere” connectivity needs, the MPT WGX terminals provide outstanding RF and tracking performance for customers operating in the harshest environmental conditions

 

The addition of Orbit’s OceanTRx hardware to the COMSAT range delivers further flexibility in creating customized connectivity solutions tailored to individual vessel needs. The Ocean TRX hardware range supports naval, cruise and oceangoing platforms delivering multi band terminals – C/Ka and Ku/Ka – to support high-speed data transmission to combined networks of MEO, LEO, HEO, and GEO constellations.

 

“Just like COMSAT, Orbit product development is driven by the desire to create the best next generation technology and deliver consistent customer satisfaction supported by a highly specialized technical team. We are excited to add this impressive range of products to our portfolio. It perfectly complements our existing range of services, enhances our current offering and extends our reach even further around the globe. Our mission is to provide reliable connectivity that enables essential missions and we know the Orbit terminals will uphold our ability to achieve this for our customers,” says David Greenhill, CEO of COMSAT.

 

“We are excited to be part of COMSAT’s satellite solutions offerings to the global government aviation and maritime markets. We have designed our solutions to allow for increasingly bi-directional high-speed communications where very high forward and return link speeds are required simultaneously. Coupled with COMSAT’s comprehensive solution approach, we believe customers will benefit from our technological innovations and the competitive total cost of ownership of our joint offerings,” says Dany Eschar CEO of Orbit.

About COMSAT:

COMSAT, Inc., a member of the Satcom Direct family, is a leading operator of customized, secure end-to-end satellite communications services. We deliver a full portfolio of fixed satellite solutions (C-Band, Ku-Band, Ka-Band, X-Band and UHF) and mobile satellite solutions (Inmarsat, Thuraya and Iridium) to aeronautical, land-mobile and maritime users in multiple markets, including U.S. government and military, global governments, educational institutions and commercial maritime. COMSAT owns and operates two teleports located in Southbury, CT and Santa Paula, CA that provide various communications and data center services to commercial, government and educational institutions worldwide including end-to-end connectivity, co-location and research efforts, critical data backup and recovery, satellite and terrestrial network data center, cloud and cybersecurity services.

 

To learn more about COMSAT, visit http://www.comsat.com/

About ORBIT:

Orbit Communication Systems is a leading global provider of technology-intensive mission-critical communication systems and solutions for government and commercial markets. Orbit products and solutions can be found in thousands of aircraft, ships, satellite earth stations and other mission platforms that require secure, high-speed and resilient communications capabilities. Orbit satellite systems are constellation and frequency agnostic serving all major frequency bands in GEO, MEO and LEO networks. Orbit product lines include government and commercial adaptations of our market leading airborne 3D audio management systems, multi-frequency mobile satellite terminals, satellite tracking and telemetry as well as earth observation systems for traditional as well as new space applications. Orbit customers include most major international satellite operators, governments, system integrators, aerospace and maritime OEMs as well as integrated satellite solution and service providers.

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Dalit Dadon

Chief Operations Officer

Dalit Dadon joined Orbit Communication Systems, Inc. in July of 2010. Dalit is responsible for the Orbit’s HR activity in the US and acts as the company’s Empowered Official (EO) for ITAR control and compliance. Dalit’s career spans over 20 years of comprehensive experience in various aspects of Finance, Administration, Export and HR management in diversified industries. Prior to joining Orbit, Dalit served as Finance and Operations Manager for Hazera Seeds Inc., a US subsidiary of Hazera Genetics Ltd (part of the Limagrain Group), a worldwide leader in the development and manufacturing of fruit and vegetable seeds. Previously, she served as Export and Office Manager for Hy Laboratories Ltd. (Hylabs), a developer, manufacturer and distributor of tools for the identification of microorganisms and molecular biology products. She holds a BA in Behavioral Sciences from Ben Gurion University, Israel, and an HR Management certificate from continued educational studies, including coursework at the Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Graduate School of Business.

Steven Refsnider

Customer Service Manager

Steven Refsnider joined Orbit Communication Systems, Inc. in October 2010. Steve brings comprehensive technical knowledge of satellite communications systems as well as over 10 years’ experience in management of communications maintenance work centers. Prior to joining Orbit, he served as the manager of Verizon’s international maintenance center in Pompano Beach, Florida, where he led a team of technicians responsible for installing, commissioning and maintaining international digital circuits between the United States and Latin America. In addition to his professional experience, Steve served for more than 20 years in the United States Air Force, including eight years as a Master Instructor in the field of satellite communications maintenance where he was recognized for professional achievement and expert knowledge. Steve holds associate degrees in Electronics Systems Technology and Instructional Technology from the USAF Community College.

Steven Refsnider

Customer Service Manager

Steven Refsnider joined Orbit Communication Systems, Inc. in October 2010. Steve brings comprehensive technical knowledge of satellite communications systems as well as over 10 years’ experience in management of communications maintenance work centers. Prior to joining Orbit, he served as the manager of Verizon’s international maintenance center in Pompano Beach, Florida, where he led a team of technicians responsible for installing, commissioning and maintaining international digital circuits between the United States and Latin America. In addition to his professional experience, Steve served for more than 20 years in the United States Air Force, including eight years as a Master Instructor in the field of satellite communications maintenance where he was recognized for professional achievement and expert knowledge. Steve holds associate degrees in Electronics Systems Technology and Instructional Technology from the USAF Community College.

Tuomo Rutanen

VP, Sales & Business Development, North America

Tuomo Rutanen joined Orbit in 2020 as Vice President Sales and Business Development for Orbit North America overseeing the eco-system and business development as well as sales for all Orbit product lines. Tuomo has been involved in the satellite and wireless communications industry throughout his 30+ year career in increasingly senior sales and business development roles in both commercial and government sectors. Tuomo has worked for satellite operators such as Hughes, Inmarsat and Iridium where his focus was around mobility and specifically the aeronautical domain and spent the earlier part of his career in building new wireless businesses for Ekahau, Sprint and Sonera focusing on GSM and Wi-Fi enterprise and OTT services. Tuomo holds a B.A. degree from Capital University in Columbus Ohio.

Dany Eshchar

Chairman of the Board

Dany Eshchar has extensive experience leading defense, high-tech and international business
development organizations. Before joining Orbit as CEO, Dany served as Deputy CEO for the Israel- and
US-based Aeronautics Group, where he led Sales, Marketing and Business Development efforts and
managed substantial international business growth. Prior to Aeronautics, Dany headed R&D projects
for the Israel Navy. He holds a Bachelors in Engineering from Israel’s Technion Institute of Technology
and Master’s degrees from both Technion and the University of Michigan.

Michael McDonnell

Director, Sales & Business Development, Ground and Airborne Satcom, Earth
Observation and Tracking & Telemetry Systems

Michael McDonnell joined Orbit Communication Systems, Inc. in 2018 as the North American Director of Sales & Business Development for Orbit’s Ground and Airborne Satcom, Earth Observation and Tracking & Telemetry Systems. Michael brings more than 30 years of experience in business and market development, government relations, field marketing and technical sales of advanced tactical and satellite communications solutions – with expertise in antenna, navigation and radar-derived identification systems – to military and commercial markets. Prior to joining Orbit, Michael worked for Boeing Aerospace, Singer Kearfott, BAE Systems, Telephonics and Cobham Antenna Systems. He holds a B.Sc. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Oregon State University and attended Boise State University for undergraduate and University of Washington for graduate studies.

David Lee

Director, Sales & Business Development, Airborne Audio Management and
Satcom Systems

David Lee joined Orbit Communication Systems, Inc. in 2015 as the North American Director of Sales & Business Development for Orbit’s airborne audio management and satcom systems. David brings more than 30 years of experience in business development, systems engineering, avionics integration, program management and technical sales in Electronic Warfare, airborne satcom and tactical data links in both military and commercial markets. His expertise translates into customized connectivity solutions that enhance aircrew coordination and mission effectiveness. Prior to joining Orbit, David worked for TECOM Industries, ITT Exelis, BAE Systems and Rockwell Collins. Previously, he served in the US Navy as a rotary wing aviator and acquisitions professional and continues to maintain both his commercial fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft ratings. He holds a B.Sc. from Michigan State University and is a member of the Association of Old Crows (AOC).

Dalit Dadon

Chief Operations Officer

Dalit Dadon joined Orbit Communication Systems, Inc. in July of 2010. Dalit is responsible for the Orbit’s HR activity in the US and acts as the company’s Empowered Official (EO) for ITAR control and compliance. Dalit’s career spans over 20 years of comprehensive experience in various aspects of Finance, Administration, Export and HR management in diversified industries. Prior to joining Orbit, Dalit served as Finance and Operations Manager for Hazera Seeds Inc., a US subsidiary of Hazera Genetics Ltd (part of the Limagrain Group), a worldwide leader in the development and manufacturing of fruit and vegetable seeds. Previously, she served as Export and Office Manager for Hy Laboratories Ltd. (Hylabs), a developer, manufacturer and distributor of tools for the identification of microorganisms and molecular biology products. She holds a BA in Behavioral Sciences from Ben Gurion University, Israel, and an HR Management certificate from continued educational studies, including coursework at the Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Graduate School of Business.

Tuomo Rutanen

VP, Sales & Business Development,
North America

Tuomo Rutanen joined Orbit in 2020 as Vice President Sales and Business Development for Orbit North America overseeing the eco-system and business development as well as sales for all Orbit product lines. Tuomo has been involved in the satellite and wireless communications industry throughout his 30+ year career in increasingly senior sales and business development roles in both commercial and government sectors. Tuomo has worked for satellite operators such as Hughes, Inmarsat and Iridium where his focus was around mobility and specifically the aeronautical domain and spent the earlier part of his career in building new wireless businesses for Ekahau, Sprint and Sonera focusing on GSM and Wi-Fi enterprise and OTT services. Tuomo holds a B.A. degree from Capital University in Columbus Ohio.

Dany Eshchar

Chairman of the Board

Dany Eshchar has extensive
experience leading defense,
high-tech and international business
development organizations. Before
joining Orbit as CEO, Dany served as
Deputy CEO for the Israel- and
US-based Aeronautics Group, where
he led Sales, Marketing and Business
Development efforts and managed
substantial international business
growth. Prior to Aeronautics, Dany
headed R&D projects for the Israel
Navy. He holdsa Bachelors in
Engineering from Israel’s Technion
Institute of Technology and Master’s
degrees from both Technion and the
Universityof Michigan.

Michael McDonnell

Director, Sales & Business
Development, Ground and Airborne
Satcom, Earth Observation and
Tracking & Telemetry Systems

Michael McDonnell joined Orbit Communication Systems, Inc. in 2018 as the North American Director of Sales & Business Development for Orbit’s Ground and Airborne Satcom, Earth Observation and Tracking & Telemetry Systems. Michael brings more than 30 years of experience in business and market development, government relations, field marketing and technical sales of advanced tactical and satellite communications solutions – with expertise in antenna, navigation and radar-derived identification systems – to military and commercial markets. Prior to joining Orbit, Michael worked for Boeing Aerospace, Singer Kearfott, BAE Systems, Telephonics and Cobham Antenna Systems. He holds a B.Sc. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Oregon State University and attended Boise State University for undergraduate and University of Washington for graduate studies.

David Lee

Director, Sales & Business
Development, , Airborne Audio
Management and Satcom Systems

David Lee joined Orbit Communication Systems, Inc. in 2015 as the North American Director of Sales & Business Development for Orbit’s airborne audio management and satcom systems. David brings more than 30 years of experience in business development, systems engineering, avionics integration, program management and technical sales in Electronic Warfare, airborne satcom and tactical data links in both military and commercial markets. His expertise translates into customized connectivity solutions that enhance aircrew coordination and mission effectiveness. Prior to joining Orbit, David worked for TECOM Industries, ITT Exelis, BAE Systems and Rockwell Collins. Previously, he served in the US Navy as a rotary wing aviator and acquisitions professional and continues to maintain both his commercial fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft ratings. He holds a B.Sc. from Michigan State University and is a member of the Association of Old Crows (AOC).