Posted on: 02 March 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Rockwell Collins has confirmed it will join Cobham SATCOM, L-3 and International Communications Group (ICG) in becoming a value-added manufacturer (VAM) for Iridium Communications’ (Iridium) next generation broadband service, Iridium Certus.
“Through this agreement with Iridium, we’ll be able to deliver high-speed flight deck connectivity to meet the growing connectivity needs of our customers,” commented Steve Timm, vice president and general manager of air transport systems for Rockwell Collins. “We also see the potential to offer services through our ARINC information management services, giving customers a single source for their Iridium NEXT connectivity needs.”
Rockwell Collins will design and manufacture the SATCOM terminals which will enable users to access Iridium Certus, the voice and data service enabled by Iridium’s ‘Iridium NEXT’ satellite constellation.
“Rockwell Collins is a true pioneer and leader in aviation communication solutions, continually pushing the envelope to provide innovative solutions for both aircraft operators and OEMs alike,” remarked Bryan Hartin, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Iridium. “Additionally, their excellent global distribution channels support Iridium’s long-term strategy to offer best-in-class products and services while staying true to our wholesale distribution model.”
The first launch of Iridium NEXT satellites is scheduled for October 2015.