LYNGBY, Denmark - Cobham SATCOM has
begun delivery of its AVIATOR 700D satellite communication systems,
which will be implemented within multiple C-130J Super Hercules
fleets around the world.
Valued in excess of DKK 150 million, the satellite communication
component of the new Block 8.1 upgrade for the aircraft was awarded
to Cobham by Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer of the C-130J Super
Hercules airlifter. Final integration of the AVIATOR 700D is
underway at Lockheed Martin's facility in Marietta, Georgia, with
the roll-out period to start by 2016.
Countries receiving the AVIATOR 700D system through the Block
8.1 upgrade for their C-130J Super Hercules fleets include:
Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, Norway, United Kingdom and the
United States (Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard).
The satellite communication system will support the air traffic
management and data link component of the Block 8.1 upgrade
program. Cobham is delivering the Level D certified AVIATOR 700D
SATCOM product, which is prepared for FANS1/A+ operation and
supports a combination of current Classic Inmarsat cockpit safety
provisions as well as SwiftBroadband IP data and voice capability
components for variety of mission applications.
"AVIATOR 700D offers the enhanced communications functionality
required in this extensive upgrade program for the C-130J," said
Andy Beers, director of Sales for the Americas. "The system
functionality, reliability and certification fit the C-130J's
future civilian airspace operational needs exceptionally well and
Cobham is well positioned to be a reliable partner throughout the
deployment of the upgrade program and the on-going use of AVIATOR
700D for the global C-130J fleet."
The C-130J Hercules is a heavy-lift tactical cargo and personnel
transport aircraft powered by four Allison AE2100D3 turboprop
engines and can accommodate a payload of up to 20t or more than 90
passengers. The block upgrade program ensures interoperability
across the worldwide C-130J fleet.
The C-130J Super Hercules is crewed by two pilots and a load
master, and features a glass cockpit, digital avionics and a new
propulsion system with a six-bladed propeller. The C-130J is
the current production variant of the C-130, which been in
production for more than six decades. Today, the C-130J Super
Hercules is by far the most common heavy lift transport aircraft in
For further information about Cobham SATCOM's AVIATOR portfolio,
please visit www.cobham.com/satcom.
For further information about the C-130J Super Hercules, please
About Cobham SATCOM
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anywhere under the most demanding conditions.
Our satellite and radio communication terminals perform in the
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We design and manufacture these high performance products under
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customers with outstanding performance, value and support through
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About Cobham SATCOM
The most important thing we build is trust.
We protect lives and livelihoods with our differentiated
technology and know-how, operating with a deep insight into
customer needs and agility. Our innovative range of technologies
and services solve challenging problems in harsh environments
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for data, connectivity and bandwidth.
We employ more than 12,000 people on five continents, and have
customers and partners in over 100 countries, with market leading
positions in: wireless, audio, video and data communications,
including satellite communications; defence electronics; air-to-air
refuelling; aviation services; life support and mission
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