AIX2016: Boeing signs first contract for Cobham AVIATOR S

Cobham's Satcom's Debbie de Beer with the antenna for its Aviator S product.
Cobham’s Satcom’s Debbie de Beer with the antenna for its Aviator S product.

Cobham SATCOM and Boeing have signed a Technical Service Agreement (TSA) for the certification of the AVIATOR 600S and 700S systems on the Boeing 777 and 737.

The agreement is Cobham SATCOM’s first contract with an aircraft manufacturer for the AVIATOR S Series, which supports Inmarsat’s new SwiftBroadband Safety service.

SwiftBroadband Safety allows ATV and other safety services ACARS data to be encapsulated and sent via Inmarsat’s L-band satellite system.

The TSA allows the companies to work together on the design of the 600S and 700S solutions onto the Boeing Next-Generation 737, the 737 MAX, the Boeing 777-300ER and 777X.

The SATCOM’s AVIATOR S product series offers smaller, lighter, powerful satcom equipment to airlines and addresses the growing demand from airlines for continuous non-encrypted secure data exchange between their ground operations and their aircraft.

The AVIATOR S series of products supports secure IP and ACARS data services, as well as multiple voice channels, among other things.

Kim Gram, vice president of Cobham SATCOM’s aeronautical business unit said: “This is a defining agreement for AVIATOR S and Cobham SATCOM.

“It is an endorsement for the S Series family by one of the largest aircraft manufacturers in the world, and will make it possible for us to deliver AVIATOR 600S and 700S onto two of the best-selling aircraft flying today, used by airlines around the world.”

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