Al Seer Marine and Yahsat Join for Next Generation Satellite Communications

  • MoU signed to collaborate on line-fitting unmanned vessels and pre-qualifying Yahsat’s interoperable satellite connectivity solutions for use on vessels manufactured by Al Seer Marine
  • The two entities will jointly explore new maritime use cases and scenarios

 Al Yah Satellite Communications Company PJSC (“Yahsat”) listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (“ADX”) under (SYMBOL: YAHSAT) (ISIN: AEA007501017), the UAE’s flagship satellite solutions provider, announced that its government division, Yahsat Government Solutions (“YGS”), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Al Seer Marine PJSC (ADX:ASM), the leading maritime company in the region, to test line-fitting unmanned vessels with advanced Comms-on-the-Move (COTM) satellite communications solutions.

The MoU was signed by Eisa Al Shamsi, General Manager of YGS, and Holger Schulte-Hillen, Chief Operating Officer of Al Seer Marine and announced today at World Defense Show in Riyadh.

Yahsat’s advanced satellite communications solutions will be jointly offered to customers to support critical operations such as Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) protection, security, anti-piracy, anti-human trafficking, coastal patrol. The MoU will enable Al Seer Marine to build on Yahsat’s extensive experience in delivering highly secure satellite communications services for safety and security mission-critical applications such as COTM and Beyond Line of Sight (BLoS).

By pre-qualifying its COTM solutions to work efficiently on Al Seer’s unmanned vessels, Yahsat has developed a strong business model and value proposition, which will reduce the integration and timeline risks, ensures platforms’ structural and design integrity, warrants onboard combat systems and sensor compatibility, and more importantly, optimizes system integration costs. The combined expertise of Al Seer Marine and Yahsat in melding COTM, BLoS and other combat systems on maritime platforms opens the door to an exciting range of add-ons, creating massive value for customers while ensuring performance, reliability, and security.

Commenting on the MoU, Eisa Al Shamsi, General Manager, YGS, said: “We are delighted to have signed this MoU with Al Seer Marine. It will allow Al Seer Marine to draw upon Yahsat’s rich expertise in system integration on airborne, shipborne and land vehicular platforms, enabling dynamic and versatile applications requiring satellite connectivity. By using our pre-equipped and pre-tested solutions, Al Seer Marine will be able to provide its customers additional value, while trimming unwanted costs associated with testing and qualification. Al Seer Marine’s knowledge of the Middle Eastern market and its vast portfolio and roadmap of innovative unmanned platforms will help us build solutions customized for the unique needs of the region.”

Holger Schulte-Hillen, Chief Operating Officer, Al Seer Marine said  “Al Seer Marine continues to consolidate its position as a pivotal contributor to improving the industry. Our two organisations share common interests in promoting the technologies that are needed in today’s world. This partnership is an important development for us and aligns with our efforts to boost our contribution to the UAE’s sovereign developed technology solutions in the maritime safety, security and communications sectors by enabling Al Seer Marine and Yahsat collaborate.”

About Al Yah Satellite Communications Company PJSC

Al Yah Satellite Communications Company PJSC (Yahsat) is a public company listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) and a subsidiary of Mubadala Investment Company PJSC, offering multi-mission satellite services in more than 150 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South America, Asia and Australasia.

Yahsat’s fleet of 5 satellites reaches more than 80% of the world’s population, enabling critical communications including broadband, broadcasting, backhauling and mobility solutions.  Based out of Abu Dhabi in the UAE, Yahsat provides C, Ku, Ka and L-band satellite communications solutions for land, maritime and aero platforms to consumers, governments and enterprises. Its businesses consist of Yahsat Government Solutions, Thuraya, YahClick (powered by Hughes) and YahLink.  Yahsat also participates in Hughes do Brasil, an equity partnership with Hughes, and Yahlive, an equity partnership with SES. In 2020, Yahsat commenced construction of Thuraya 4-NGS, the next generation telecommunications system for Thuraya, which is scheduled to commence operations in 2024.

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About Al Seer Marine

Founded in 2003, Al Seer Marine PJSC, a supplies and equipment company, is listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange Second Market under the ticker ASM and is a subsidiary of International Holding Company. The company was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Abu Dhabi, UAE.  Al Seer is a leading marine company in the Middle East region, with a portfolio of services including the management and construction of vessels. Al Seer Marine employs more than 1,200 people from over 50 nationalities onboard and ashore.

Al Seer Marine’s large manufacturing facilities are over 22,000 square meters with temperature controlled units that are able to house the full spectrum of manufacture work including research and development, advanced composite production and integration of complex mechanical and electronic sub-systems.

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