Commercial X-band operator XTAR LLC of Herndon, Va., said Feb. 6 that it has retained Mercury Swift Solutions Ltd. of the United Kingdom to market its services in Europe, Africa and Asia.

“U.S. and Allied missions are beginning to shift focus beyond Iraq and Afghanistan and XTAR is adjusting its strategy accordingly,” Andrew Ruszkowski, XTAR’s vice president of global sales and marketing, said in a statement. “We have retained Mercury Swift Solutions to be XTAR’s ‘boots on the ground’ internationally, and to identify opportunities where XTAR and commercial X-band make sense.”

Mercury Swift Solutions’ efforts on behalf of XTAR will be led by managing director Paul Bosher, a retired lieutenant colonel in the British Armed Forces.