Honeywell to offer satellite communications capabilities for military use


US-based Honeywell Aerospace has revealed plans to connect the modern battlefield by providing high-speed, high-bandwidth satellite communications capabilities.

The company’s JetWave satellite communications hardware will work with Inmarsat’s Global Xpress ‘SATCOM as a Service’ in-flight broadband service to provide a consistent connectivity experience for global military users.

This is expected to improve overall situational awareness and safety and allow troops to communicate better.

"Customers of this network will now be able to improve the effectiveness of military missions with a secure environment to transmit mission-critical information and communicate with ground forces."

Honeywell Aerospace Defense and Space president Carey Smith said: “Unlike many other products available today, JetWave provides high-speed, reliable connectivity, when and where the warfighter need it, regardless of mission or geographic location.

“Our next-generation connectivity solution will transform the way troops communicate in battle, providing unprecedented capabilities that allow military personnel to have situational awareness in multiple locations at once.”

Recently, Honeywell obtained type approval from Inmarsat for JetWave aeronautical terminals, which will enable access to the Global Xpress network.

Customers of this network will now be able to improve the effectiveness of military missions with a secure environment to transmit mission-critical information and communicate with ground forces.

They will also be able to host real-time video briefings, share data between manned and unmanned platforms.

Inmarsat US Government business unit president Peter Hadinger said: “As the US government seeks to adopt an enterprise-level, integrated architecture to fulfil their requirements and enhance flexibility of operations worldwide, government users are taking advantage of our Global Xpress SATCOM as a Service, as well as accessing our wideband Mil-Ka leased capacity as part of their own independent network.

“We are excited to present Honeywell’s JetWave system as the first Global Xpress type-approved airborne terminal compatible with the Global Xpress SATCOM as a Service.”