Global Xpress ‘SATCOM as a Service’ opens up unprecedented global connectivity for military use

PHOENIX, Oct. 31, 2016 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has announced that it will offer high-speed, high-bandwidth satellite communications capabilities for military use. Inmarsat’s Global Xpress “SATCOM as a Service” in-flight broadband service and Honeywell’s JetWave™ satellite communications hardware work together to provide a consistent, high-speed, high-bandwidth connectivity experience for military users around the world, improving overall situational awareness and safety while allowing troops to communicate more effectively.

Honeywell recently achieved type approval from Inmarsat for JetWave aeronautical terminals, which enable access to the Global Xpress network and provide a more connected flying experience while over land or sea. Global Xpress customers now will be able to improve the effectiveness of military missions with a secure and high-speed environment to transmit mission-critical information, communicate with ground forces, host real-time video briefings, share data between manned and unmanned platforms, and more.

“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,” said Carey Smith, president, Defense and Space, Honeywell Aerospace. “We’ve already experienced high levels of demand for JetWave and lined up orders around the world with militaries that want enhanced communications for their mission.”

“As the U.S. government seeks to adopt an enterprise-level, integrated architecture to fulfill 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,” said Peter Hadinger, president of Inmarsat’s U.S. Government Business Unit. “We are pleased with the government interest and demand, driven by Global Xpress’ unique global mobility and reliability, seamless interoperability with military satellite resources, and cost-effectiveness. 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.”

“We envision a battlefield of the future that’s not inhibited by spotty, slow and unreliable connectivity. We want to create a landscape of consistent and interconnected communication between parties regardless of the type of platform or its location. The goal is a connected military anywhere in the world with high-speed, high-bandwidth and secure connectivity,” Smith said.


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