Aircraft SATCOM Systems

Cobham Powers Super Hercules Connected Cockpit

First shipments of AVIATOR 700D satcom systems delivered for Block 8.1 upgrade program

LYNGBY, Denmark: Cobham has delivered the first of its Future Air Navigation (FANS) 1/A compliant AVIATOR 700D systems for integration in the C-130J Super Hercules fleets as part of the Block 8.1 upgrade programme, in a deal worth up to $40m to Cobham over five years. The upgrade will first be installed across the fleets of the United States government.

 Meeting the airlifter’s future civilian airspace operational needs, the AVIATOR 700D complies to the FANS 1/A, Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) and voice safety service operations via the system’s cockpit data and voice channels. Providing access to separate channels for voice and data service, simultaneous voice calling and secure data transfer, the Cobham system will increase C-130J operators’ mission effectiveness with voice calls, e-mail, internet and video streaming on demand across several users simultaneously.

“Connected cockpits are rapidly changing the face of aviation and air traffic management, and includes military aircraft wishing to operate in controlled airspace. Cobham is a pioneer in this field for both airlines and military platforms.” said Paul Kahn, Sector President Cobham Communications & Connectivity.

The Block 8.1 upgrade consists of items such as updated Identification Friend or Foe (IFF); TEMPEST compliance; Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B); a Communications, Navigation, Surveillance (CNS) /Air Traffic Management (ATM) data link; an enhanced inter-communication system; enhanced approach and landing systems; enhanced diagnostics; and additional covert lighting.

For further information, please visit Cobham at Farnborough Airshow, Booth 4150, or visit

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