Cobham SATCOM has developed the world’s smallest and lightest Inmarsat UAV satcom solution – 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 76
per cent lighter than existing comparable products on the
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
A cost-effective solution, the AVIATOR UAV 200 delivers greater
operational flexibility for TUAVs in a number of applications,
including military, border security enforcement, public safety,
commercial use and scientific research.
Kim Gram, vice president of Cobham SATCOM's aeronautical
business unit, said: "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.
"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."
With improved satcom technology, UAV operators can benefit from
improved aircraft control and situational awareness, with the
ability to make real-time route adjustments while simultaneously
tracking the airframe. Operators also have a constant overview of
on-board systems and structural integrity with real-time health
monitoring. Better connectivity allows access to BLOS situational
data and live streaming of imagery and video which expands the role
of real-time scene surveillance UAVs.
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.
Andy Start, President, Inmarsat Global Government, said:
"Today's announcement is a further example of Inmarsat's leadership
in the UAV industry. We have seen a global demand from military and
government customers looking to increase the operational
effectiveness of their TUAV platforms. Enabling Satcom on these
small airframes really is a game changer.
"Increasingly, we are finding that our government customers
around the world need to do more with highly challenged budgets.
This product allows beyond line of sight flight and payload control
for a wide range of small UAV platforms where previously this has
simply not been possible. Adding the ability to extend their
operational range significantly and provide access to real time
situational data and video, it is a truly compelling package."
About Cobham SATCOM
Providing dependable communications and internet access
anywhere under the most demanding conditions.
Our satellite and radio communication terminals perform in the
most challenging and remote environments on land, at sea and in the
We design and manufacture these high performance products under
the AVIATOR, EXPLORER, SAILOR and Sea Tel brands providing
customers with outstanding performance, value and support through
our global sales and service network.
The most important thing we build is trust.
Cobham offers an innovative range of technologies and services
to solve challenging problems across commercial, defence and
security markets, from deep space to the depths of the ocean.
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