EHF and 23 Ka-band transponders to provide broadband satellite telecommunications services to the French, Belgian and Italian armed forces and to the French and Italian civil protection services. Testing at 37.8 East orbital position
89 Ka-band beams generated by two transmit and two receive apertures to provide high-speed broadband mobile satellite communication services up to 50Mbps to Indian Ocean Region. 6 Steerable spot beams to direct additional capacity where it is needed. First satellite of Global Xpress network.
13.3 kw Digital Audio Radio, 2 active S-band transponders, each w/16 active (6 spare) 228-w TWTAs. Backup satellite for XM 4 (XM Blues). Relocated to 27 deg. W.L. +/- 0.1 deg., where it will be positioned for up to four months in preparation for its removal to a disposal orbit.