Under the agreement, Kleos’ radio frequency geolocation data will enhance the Japanese military and civilian services in their operations, defense of the homeland, and identification of illicit activities in territorial and international waters.
Kleos (ASX:KSS) Group Chief Revenue Officer, Eric von Eckartsberg, said, “We are excited to be partnering with JSI, who brings more than two decades’ experience serving Japanese customers with space-based surveillance and data intelligence products. Japan’s vast coastline stretches more than 18,480 miles, providing significant border protection challenges for Japanese authorities”.
Kleos says that JSI, acting as its promotional partner, will provide direct tactical and promotional support.
Kleos reiterated that it has successfully launched its first two satellites clusters, targeting a constellation of up to 20 clusters.
The Kleos Scouting Mission (KSM1) launched into a 37-degree inclination in November, provides coverage over key areas of maritime interest including the South China Sea and Strait of Hormuz.
These demonstrator satellites have completed commissioning and are delivering test data to early adopter customers.
Kleos launched its second cluster of four satellites, the Vigilance Mission (KSF1), at the end of June.
Launched into a 525km Sun Synchronous orbit from Cape Canaveral in Florida, Kleos says the four Polar Vigilance satellites are currently progressing through the Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) and commissioning phase.
Kleos’ third satellite cluster, the Patrol Mission, is scheduled to launch at the end 2021 onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9.