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April 6th, 2016

A First For Cobham SATCOM's AVIATOR Systems — A Boeing Certification Agreement


[Satnews] 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 airplanes.

The agreement is Cobham SATCOM’s first contract with an airplane manufacturer for the AVIATOR S Series, which supports Inmarsat’s new generation SwiftBroadband Safety service. The TSA allows Cobham and Boeing 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.

Cobham 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.

The Boeing Next-Generation 737 airplanes include the 600/700/800/900ER models, with a total of 5,423 737 built (as of December 2015) and more than 6,800 ordered. The Boeing 737 MAX incorporates the best of future engine technologies for improved efficiency, reliability and passenger appeal. One of Boeing’s best-selling models, the 777 is the largest twin-jet and the most popular long-haul airplane with airlines in operation, with more than 1,361 delivered and 1,885 ordered. The 777X is Boeing's newest family of twin-aisle airplanes.

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