OTTAWA – General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada has been awarded a contract to provide the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) with Strategic Deployable Terminals (SDTs) and expand its Mercury Global In-Service Support (ISS) as part of the final stage of the Mercury Global (MG) Project to deliver military satellite communications (SATCOM) wideband capabilities.


The SDTs will provide the CAF with a deployable Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) capacity, providing maximum flexibility to support operations in Canada and abroad. These terminals complement the MG Anchor Station sites – also built by General Dynamics – to provide critical command and control strategic communications for deployed CAF Operations.


The SDTs will allow the Department of National Defence to further leverage Canada’s investment into the WGS capability to provide mission-critical communications around the world,” explained David Ibbetson, vice president and general manager of General Dynamics Mission SystemsInternational.  “The SDTs add to General Dynamics’ support of Canada’s national security needs ensuring members of the CAF have the right equipment and technology.”


Available in three sizes (small, medium and large) in multi-band configurations (Capable of WGS & Commercial Frequencies) to allow for global tailored mission requirement, the terminals – provided by Ultra Electronics Gigasat – utilize leading edge composite technology that enables operation by an individual – at its smallest size – or by a team at its largest. The terminals will allow the CAF to deliver voice, image and data between deployed operations and commanders back in Canada.


General Dynamics will also expand its current MG ISS capability to provide engineering and operational support for the SDTs, as well as establishing a North American-based Repair & Overhaul capability as part of its committed to long-term support of Department of National Defence (DND) SATCOM needs.


“We recognize that exceptional ISS is important to ensuring success for mission critical capabilities like the MG SDTs and are committed to a long-term ISS relationship with DND,” added Ibbetson.

General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada delivers advanced system solutions to Canadian and international customers. Headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, it is one of the largest defence and security companies in Canada and a world-class prime contractor and systems integrator for military and public safety applications. For more information on General Dynamics Mission Systems, visit