PHOENIX, Ariz., — Honeywell of Phoenix, Arizona was selected to provide the JetWave satellite communications system for 70 C-17 aircraft as a part of the Fixed Installation Satellite Antenna program for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).
The beyond-line-of-sight communications system will support the en route communication capabilities for the U.S. Air Force’s fleet of C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. JetWave’s Ka-band hardware and Inmarsat’s Global Xpress satellite network combine to deliver coverage for a reliable command-and-control link, including over water, on nontraditional flight paths and in remote areas.
Honeywell’s JetWave satellite communications system allows users to connect to the Inmarsat Global Xpress network, which delivers Ka-band satellite coverage around the globe. This provides real-time weather, video conferencing, large file transfer, encryption capabilities, in-flight briefings, intelligence surveillance reconnaissance video and secure communications.
The initial order of 10 JetWave systems will be delivered to the U.S. DoD by June 2019, and the overall program runs through 2021. Booz Allen Hamilton is the primary contractor on the project.