Orbit to extend development of MPT to helicopters
Orbit Communications Systems is planning to expand the development of its multi-purpose terminals (MPT) for airborne satellite communications to include helicopters.
The plans have been made after a $3m order was placed by a global provider of defence products and services for the delivery of helicopter systems to an air force between 2018 and 2022.
Orbit Communications Systems CEO Eitan Livneh said: "Our decision to extend the development of our multi-purpose terminals to helicopters was prompted by market demand.
"Time to market is a key factor and our ability to tailor our technology to customer needs is proving to be a very attractive and marketable commodity."
The 30cm antenna MPT30 was built to military standard (MIL-STD) to deliver internet-based data communications through satellite to a wide range of military helicopters.
The system has been modified to overcome challenges posed by helicopter installations, constant vibration and the need for a self-cooling mechanism when placed behind the exhaust systems, according to the company.
The ultra-compact terminal features minimal size, weight and power consumption (SWaP).
In March, the company started offering 3D Audio as standard with the Orion airborne audio management system.
Orion's 3D Audio delivers a 360° clear audio experience with significant benefits for pilots, including increased situational awareness and flight safety, Orbit stated.
Orbit Communications Systems is involved in the development of precision tracking-based communications in the areas of satcom, telemetry and remote sensing.
The company delivers tailor-made, turnkey solutions at sea, on land and in the air.
Image: A sample military helicopter. Photo: courtesy of US Army / Wikimedia Commons.