Thales to deliver Iridium Certus® Aircraft Connectivity Services
- Thales will now provide both the avionics and connectivity service for Iridium Certus.
- Thales FlytLINK, the Iridium Certus-based terminal and antenna, will be available for customer delivery in the first half of 2020.
- Thales is the only company offering Iridium Certus satcom solutions for land, air, and sea with the ThalesLINK family of products.
Thales has expanded its partnership with Iridium as the newest Iridium Certus aviation service provider. With FlytLINK, Thales already offers the avionics that use the Iridium Certus service, and will now be able to offer both the Iridium CertusTM terminals and Iridium Certus connectivity services to business jets, commercial aircraft, rotorcraft, general aviation, military and UAVs.
Thales will begin delivering its FlytLINK terminal and antenna to customers in the first half of 2020, being first to market with an Iridium Certus aviation solution capable of 352 Kbps transmit and 704 Kbps receive speeds. Thales FlytLINK will provide new generation, truly global connectivity for cockpit and cabin communications using the L-band broadband platform. This includes a hybrid FlytLINK solution that combines Iridium Certus capabilities with Iridium’s traditional narrowband services which will be available with its initial release. Its safety features include support for current and next generation Air Traffic Control systems, high quality voice, ACARS and IP data up to 704 kbps. It also supports electronic flight bag pairing, real-time weather, secure pilot and crew Wi-Fi access and enhanced calling.
Thales and Iridium continue to strengthen their partnership as Thales is the only company manufacturing solutions for land, maritime and aviation that use Iridium Certus services. The ThalesLINK product family provides users with low latency and the fastest Iridium Certus speeds. Thales is delivering the future of connectivity to customers, today.