XTAR LLC, a satellite communications company that provides bandwidth to U.S. military forces and its allies, announced new leadership on Monday.
Jay Icard will take over as president and CEO of the Virginia-based satellite communications company, according to a March 5 release. Icard previously served as senior vice president of strategic sales at Comtech Command & Control Technologies and has spent the last 13 years in the satellite system integration sector.
“XTAR’s unique offering provides a number of substantial advantages for its customers and partners,” Icard said. “I am happy to be part of the XTAR organization and be a champion of our solutions.”
Previously, Philip Harlow had served as the company’s president and chief operating officer since 2010.
XTAR currently offers satellite service in the X-band frequency range.
The company, which is a joint venture between Loral Space and Communications and Hisdesat Strategic Services SA, will undergo the leadership change as American troop levels continue to decline in areas such as the Middle East and so does the demand for military satellite in those regions.
XTAR’s two satellites currently in operation, XTAR-EUR and XTAR-LANT, have been on orbit more than a decade.