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Block Upconverter covers commercial and military Ka bands.

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March 18, 2014 - Incorporating Wavestream's Spatial advantEdge™ technology, 50 W Ka-Wideband PowerStream Block Upconverter provides over 30 W of linear output power, per MIL-STD-188-164 definition. Unit features flexible, modular design that can be fitted to almost any antenna. Able to cover frequencies from 27.5–31.0 GHz, in up to 4 sub-bands, converter is biased for Class AB operation, drawing less power when backed off and generating less heat for maximum MTBF.

Gilat Satcom

21 Yegia Kapayim St., POB 7144, Petach-Tikva, 49130, Israel

Original Press Release

Gilat Announces the Release of Wavestream's 50-Watt Ka-Wideband PowerStream® Block Upconverter

Press release date: March 10, 2014

--  Next generation compact BUC provides higher output power in one of the industry's smallest and most reliable packages
--  Switchable frequency bands cover both Ka Commercial and Ka Military bands in the same unit

PETAH TIKVA, Israel -- Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (Nasdaq:GILT), a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced today the introduction of Wavestream's 50W Ka-Wideband PowerStream Block Upconverter (BUC). This PowerStream unit incorporates Wavestream's Spatial advantEdge(TM) technology to provide higher output power in smaller, lighter weight packages that are more reliable and use less energy.

The PowerStream BUC will be showcased at this week's Satellite 2014 event in Washington D.C.

The 50W Ka-Wideband PowerStream is the next evolution of Wavestream's Ka-band products. It retains all the features and improves on the performance of its Ka-band predecessor, while being one-half (1/2) the size, and one-half (1/2) the weight for higher linear output power.

The 50W Ka-Wideband PowerStream features:
--  Over 30-Watts of Linear Output Power -- Per MIL-STD-188-164 definition
--  Lower Power Draw -- Means cooler temperatures and higher Mean-Time-Between-Failure (MTBF)
--  Flexible, Modular Design -- Can be fitted to almost any antenna
--  Wideband -- Able to cover frequencies from 27.5 GHz -- 31.0 GHz, in up to 4 sub-bands

"In creating the 50W Ka-Wideband PowerStream, we leveraged the experience gained in fielding over 4,500 of the predecessor 50W Ka-band BUCs and over 9,000 Ku-band BUCs," said Francis Auricchio, President and CEO of Wavestream. "The new unit features high output power with agile frequency selection in a package that is half the size of our previous product while yielding improved performance. We expect that this will provide past and future customers with the flexibility and performance to address all of the upcoming Ka-band applications."

Wavestream products are biased for Class AB operation, drawing less power when backed off, to help save valuable energy resources. They generate less heat, ensuring a higher MTBF for greater reliability and lower lifecycle costs.

The 50W Ka-Wideband PowerStream joins Wavestream's Ka family of products and is available for order now.

About Gilat
Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd (Nasdaq:GILT) (TASE:GILT) is a leading provider of products and services for satellite-based broadband communications. Gilat develops and markets a wide range of high-performance satellite ground segment equipment and VSATs, with an increasing focus on the consumer and Ka-band market. In addition, Gilat enables mobile SOTM (Satellite- on-the-Move) solutions providing low-profile antennas, next generation, solid-state power amplifiers and modems. Gilat also provides managed network and satellite-based services for rural telephony and Internet access via its subsidiaries in Peru and Colombia.

With over 25 years of experience, and over a million products shipped to more than 85 countries, Gilat has provided enterprises, service providers and operators with efficient and reliable satellite-based connectivity solutions, including cellular backhaul, banking, retail, e-government and rural communication networks. Gilat also enables leading defense, public security and news organizations to implement advanced, on-the-move tactical communications on board their land, air and sea fleets using Gilat's high-performance SOTM solutions. For more information, please visit us at www.gilat.com

CONTACT:
David Leichner
Gilat Satellite Networks
+1 516 478 9697
davidle@gilat.com 

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