Honeywell to provide high-speed communications system for fleet of C-17 aircraft
Honeywell International Inc said on Monday it was selected to provide the high-speed satellite communications system for 70 C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft as a part of the Fixed Installation Satellite Antenna program for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).
“The beyond-line-of-sight communications system will support and improve the en route communication capabilities for the U.S. Air Force’s fleet of C-17 Globemaster III aircraft,” said in a news release.
JetWave’s Ka-band hardware and Inmarsat’s Global Xpress satellite network combine to deliver the most extensive global coverage for a reliable command-and-control link, including over water, on nontraditional flight paths and in remote areas.
“Honeywell is driving the era of the Connected Aircraft for military operators, and broadband connectivity anywhere on the globe is now a mission-critical requirement in the modern battlespace,” said Steven Williams, vice president, Defense Americas, Honeywell Aerospace. “The United States military has been at the forefront of connectivity technologies. JetWave supports real-time situational awareness for the aircrew, soldiers on board, and ground-based command leadership, ultimately enabling better decision-making and enhancing safety.”
Honeywell’s JetWave satellite communications system allows users to connect to the Inmarsat Global Xpress network, which delivers Ka-band satellite coverage around the globe. This provides real-time weather, video conferencing, large file transfer, encryption capabilities, in-flight briefings, intelligence surveillance reconnaissance video and secure communications. It has true broadband-class connectivity comparable with typical speeds in the home or office. This allows aircraft in transit to be linked with command elements and forces anywhere in the world. The result is improved situational awareness and the ability to assess and adjust to the battlefield environment, en route and in real time.
“The system’s reliable connection allows the aircraft to transform into a mobile communication hub en route to the battlefield, even in high-traffic areas,” said Steve Hadden, senior director, Defense Connectivity, Honeywell Aerospace. “JetWave has the …read more
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