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RAAF trials Honeywell’s JetWave satellite communications hardware

16th October 2017 - 08:50 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is in the process of testing Honeywell’s JetWave Ka-band satellite communications hardware and Inmarsat’s Global Xpress satellite network, the company announced on 11 October.

The RAAF is conducting a six-month trial of the JetWave hardware, including the fuselage-mount antenna, on a C-130J Hercules military transport aircraft.

The RAAF successfully demonstrated a connected battlefield evaluation, powered by JetWave, during in-air VIP trials in Canberra, Australia the company stated. The evaluation was demonstrated using secure military applications, including live video streaming and encrypted file transfer.

The trial is being conducted with support from Airbus Group Australia Pacific, Inmarsat Global government and the Australian government.

Todd McDonell, VP of Inmarsat Global Government, said: ‘This project has been in the works for a long time and is testament to the power of industry and defence working together to ensure that communications are an effective tool for delivering greater operational capability.’

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