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15 February 2016

Singapore Airshow 2016: Cobham Introduces 1.45kg one-unit AVIATOR UAV 200 Inmarsat UAV satcom solution

Cobham SATCOM has developed one of the world’s smallest and lightest Inmarsat UAV satcom solutions – the 1.45kg AVIATOR UAV 200. Redefining UAV satcom connectivity by integrating all components into one compact lightweight unit, the new system delivers Inmarsat Class 4 SwiftBroadband services in a low-SWAP package which is, according to COBHAM, 76% lighter than existing comparable products on the market.

The AVIATOR UAV 200 has been introduced by Cobham to significantly enhance a Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle’s (TUAV) performance, range and payload capability by enabling operators to take advantage of the higher speed connectivity from today’s satellite networks.

We are very pleased to introduce this revolutionary new solution for tactical UAVs, as it will provide these widely-used aircraft with a number of benefits for the first time and open up important opportunities within different applications in the field,Kim Gram, vice president of Cobham SATCOM’s aeronautical business unit, said. “Until now, the size, weight and power requirements of Inmarsat satcom hardware were too restrictive for smaller UAVs which depend upon lightweight components to maximise range, endurance and operational use. AVIATOR UAV 200 matches the connectivity and performance of larger, class-leading satcom systems, but in a far smaller, lighter and less power-demanding package.”

Mounted within the airframe and measuring 24cm x 16cm x 6cm, the Cobham AVIATOR UAV 200 delivers up to 200 kbps data and full, real-time control of data channels.