Thu­raya hits line-fit mile­stone for chop­pers

Gulf Today - - Uae -

ABU DHABI: Thu­raya, the Mo­bile Satel­lite Ser­vices, a sub­sidiary of the Uae-based global satel­lite com­pany, Yah­sat, and SCOTTY Group, a de­vel­oper of be­yond-line-of-sight satel­lite com­mu­ni­ca­tion so­lu­tions based in Aus­tria, have se­cured line-fit of­fer­abil­ity for the Thu­raya Aero mo­bile con­nec­tiv­ity so­lu­tion on the Air­bus H145 and H135 he­li­copters.

For the first time, Air­bus cus­tomers can in­stall and cus­tomise their Thu­raya Aero kit while or­der­ing new air­craft. The sys­tem will be fit­ted on the pro­duc­tion line, with no need for fur­ther tests and ver­i­fi­ca­tion. The air­craft will be ready to use on de­liv­ery, with fully func­tion­ing voice and data con­nec­tiv­ity. This means that it can be de­ployed im­me­di­ately to de­liver mis­sion-crit­i­cal ca­pa­bil­i­ties and there is no need to have the air­craft grounded for months af­ter de­liv­ery to retro­fit com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tems.

Thu­raya Aero is an in-flight con­nec­tiv­ity and data-shar­ing plat­form that uses mo­bile satel­lite com­mu­ni­ca­tions to pro­vide in­ter­net ac­cess, text mes­sag­ing, phone calls, VOIP, video and au­dio con­fer­enc­ing, as well as aerial sur­veil­lance, es­pe­cially for BLOS mis­sions.

Su­laiman Al Ali, Deputy CEO of Thu­raya, said, “Line-fit cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, which un­der­goes a rig­or­ous com­pli­ance process, is a tes­ta­ment to the re­li­a­bil­ity and ro­bust­ness of our net­work and air­borne satel­lite com­mu­ni­ca­tions ser­vices. It is of para­mount im­por­tance to our gov­ern­ment cus­tomers to ac­cess on­board com­mu­ni­ca­tion as soon as they take pos­ses­sion of their new air­craft so they are ready in their mis­sion-crit­i­cal du­ties. We are thank­ful for the stead­fast sup­port of our part­ner, SCOTTY Group, and the guid­ance re­ceived from Air­bus.”

Thu­raya Aero en­ables crit­i­cal con­nec­tiv­ity for op­er­a­tions such as search and res­cue, in­tel­li­gence, sur­veil­lance and re­con­nais­sance, telemedici­ne, mon­i­tor­ing mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions, of­fice-in-the-sky and border sur­veil­lance. With video trans­mis­sion and en­cryp­tion sys­tems prein­te­grated into its satel­lite data unit, the so­lu­tion makes air­borne com­mu­ni­ca­tions more se­cure.

The more com­pact in­te­gra­tion also op­ti­mises space util­i­sa­tion. Be­sides, the Aero has built-in video trans­mis­sion ca­pa­bil­ity that of­fers real-time video stream­ing through on-board HD cam­era sys­tems, en­hanc­ing its ap­peal for ISR and SAR air­craft, as well as other air sys­tems.

Mark Robert Hen­ning, Se­nior Pro­gramme Man­ager, H145, said, “Hold­ing line-fit of­fer­abil­ity is cru­cial for cus­tomers who want to avoid post­de­liv­ery retro­fit mod­i­fi­ca­tion which can ground a plane for sev­eral months. Thu­raya’s aero mo­bil­ity so­lu­tion will give our cus­tomers new cost- and time-ef­fec­tive con­nec­tiv­ity choices for their Air­bus H145 and H135 he­li­copters.”

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