Intelsat General Corp. of Bethesda, Md., has been selected as the preferred U.S. distributor of X-band and UHF capacity from the satellites operated by Paradigm Secure Communications of the United Kingdom, according to a Sept. 9 Intelsat General press release.

Paradigm Secure Communications, a subsidiary of EADS’s Astrium Services division, operates the Skynet satellite fleet on behalf of the British military. The company in 2008 became the first provider of significant X-band satellite capacity to the U.S. Defense Department when it inked a deal worth up to $48 million over three years via Intelsat General.

The designation of preferred provider gives Intelsat General, a subsidiary of satellite operator Intelsat of Bermuda and Washington, broader authorization to market Paradigm services to a wide range of government and military customers, the release said.