Inflight connectivity comes with special needs when military aircraft are involved. ThinKom and Inmarsat Government have teamed up to address those challenges. The pair will combine ThinKom’s ThinAir® Ka2517 antenna with Inmarsat Government’s G-MODMAN II and G-MODMAN Open Platform (OP) modem managers to support Department of Defense connectivity around the globe.
Our efforts with ThinKom will result in substantially improved satellite communications resiliency while improving airborne platform range through reduced aircraft drag leading to lower fuel consumption.– Matt Wissler, Chief Technology Officer, Inmarsat Government
The partnership builds on a similar hardware configuration certified by Inmarsat for the GX+ North America, now extending to the government market. In addition to the GX commercial constellation (including plans for for additional satellites), the new solution also supports Inmarsat’s high-capacity, global military Ka-band (Mil Ka) network’s steerable beams, plus the capability to connect to the U.S. Government’s Wideband Global SATCOM system (WGS). This flexibility and interoperability provide Inmarsat Government’s customers with always-on availability, capacity, coverage and capability for a wide range of mission profiles.
This unique combination of the Ka2517 and G-MODMAN hardware delivers on many facets of the U.S. Government’s tactical edge efforts. By enabling cloud-based computing, seamless data sharing, intelligent operations, or autonomous use cases, the innovative solution reduces decision-making timelines for intelligent assets supporting troops in the field.
Moreover, the low drag of the Ka2517 radome profile reduces drag, resulting in lower fuel consumption and longer time on station to support operations.
“Delivering efficient connectivity to our government users around the globe is of paramount importance to ThinKom,” said Bill Milroy, CTO and chairman of ThinKom Solutions. “We’re proud to work with Inmarsat Government to combine ThinKom’s highly reliable and efficient Variable Inclination Continuous Transverse Stub (VICTS) phased-array antenna into a communications package that delivers every time and everywhere.”
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