- Scalable Flight Deck SATCOM solution meets the expanding needs of the connected airplanes
- Collins’ first Iridium Certus SATCOM terminal to be certified for forward-fit on the Boeing 737 MAX and 777X
- Iridium® currently available on 737 MAX; Iridium Certus certification expected in 2021
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Jan. 24, 2019) – Building on its heritage as a premier global aviation communications supplier, Collins Aerospace is collaborating with Iridium® and Boeing to provide Iridium CertusSM terminals on Boeing 737 MAX and 777X airplanes. Collins currently provides the Iridium solution for the 737 MAX. The scalable Iridium Certus solution makes the connected aircraft possible with a high performance broadband solution for long range data and voice communication with truly global coverage.
“Pilots are seeing new graphic and data-rich aircraft applications come onboard which require higher data speeds in order to function. The Iridium Certus solution not only accommodates these complex applications, but does so in a protected and secure environment,” said Steve Timm, vice president and general manager of Commercial Avionics for Collins Aerospace. “The result is easier planning and routing for the airlines that then creates a more positive travel experience for passengers.”
The solution will support safety services with two voice channels and ACARS/CMU datalink simultaneously providing cockpit voice and data connectivity. It will also provide an easy upgrade path from currently installed Collins Iridium solutions with a common antenna hole pattern, tray size and modest connector re-pinning.
The Iridium Certus SATCOM terminal will be the first forward-fit Iridium Certus SATCOM terminal to be certified for the Boeing 737 MAX and 777X — with certification expected in 2021.
In addition to being a value-added manufacturer (VAM) for the designs and production of Iridium Certus service terminals, Collins is also a service provider. As a VAM and service provider, Collins will play a critical role in delivering the next-generation L-band broadband solution to commercial and government aviation customers around the world.