April 5, 2022 – Hughes Network Systems, LLC has signed a distribution agreement with OneWeb Technologies Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of OneWeb, to deliver managed Low Earth Orbit (LEO) services to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The agreement follows the launch of the industry’s first managed LEO satellite communications (SATCOM) network for the DoD, an implementation led by Hughes in the Arctic region for the U.S. Air Force Research Lab (AFRL). With the new distribution agreement, Hughes offers turnkey LEO managed services supporting DoD acquisition agencies and Combatant Command (COCOM) requirements worldwide. The Hughes defense portfolio now includes single- and multi-transport network solutions integrating OneWeb’s proven low-latency connectivity with service level agreements and vendor options for ground equipment, installation and network management. Today’s agreement expands an established relationship between the two companies. Hughes, through its parent company EchoStar, is an investor in OneWeb. It is also an engineering partner to OneWeb, developing gateway electronics and the core module that will power every user terminal for the system. In September, Hughes and OneWeb announced distribution agreements in North America and India. In March, Hughes demonstrated a new electronically steerable, flat panel antenna technology for OneWeb services.