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Germany contracts Airbus for “welfare connectivity” for deployed troops

The German defense ministry has awarded Airbus a contract for the provision of welfare media services for German troops deployed worldwide.

As outlined by Airbus, the service will allow several thousands of soldiers and sailors to get access to connectivity services for their private use on a global scale whether they are on land or at sea. The contract has a duration of 2 years, with an option for a two-year extension.

Through the “Connect-D” service, the Bundeswehr provides its personnel with a range of welfare service, free of charge, with no time limit or limitation on the data volume for private use while abroad. The connection to family and friends as well as to the personal social environment can be maintained even while they are in remote area.

For the first time, the company said, media services will include corporate TV and radio, in addition to video on demand (VoD) and ePaper.

Airbus has been providing welfare communication services to the Bundeswehr since 2011. The Connect-D Service is currently deployed in 15 locations within 3 continents, e.g. Afghanistan, Mali and Lithuania.