UK: Cobham SATCOM introduced the world’s smallest and lightest Inmarsat UAV satcom solution. Known as AVIATOR UAV 200, the UAV sitcom weighs 1.45kg. Integrating all the components, the new system delivers Inmarsat Class 4 SwiftBroadband services in a low-SWAP package, which is 76% lighter than existing products available in the market.
The company has introduced the device to enhance its 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.
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.
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.