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“High-defi nition video with zero packet loss through rotary blades is a signifi cant new capability for satellite communications,” said Rick Lober, vice president and GM of Hughes DISD. “The military and law enforcement personnel

employing helicopters for BLoS

communication have been limited in the past, but not anymore. This technology opens the door for pervasive use of SATCOM-enabled helicopters over mountainous terrain, open water, natural disasters, or anywhere that line- of-sight communication means are blocked or out of range.”

RN-Aircraft Signs Contract for 10 AW189 Commercial Helicopters

Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland announced recently it has signed a contract for the sale of 10 AW189 commercial helicopters to RN-Aircraft, a subsidiary of the oil company Rosneft. The contract foresees that the new helicopters will be used for transportation purposes.

Delivery of the aircraft is expected between 2015 and 2017. Moreover, as already set out in the framework agreement signed in December 2014 and with the involvement of Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Rostec corporation, Rosneft plans to order further helicopters by 2025, for a total of up to 160 units.

The parties also reached an agreement for the progressive restructuring of HeliVert, a 50-50 Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland and Russian Helicopters joint venture, which foresees the future participation of Rosneft, worth 30 percent of the shares. Subsequently, shares in HeliVert will be redistributed as follows: 40 percent to Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland, 30 percent to Russian Helicopters, 30 percent to Rosneft.

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With Rosneft joining HeliVert, Finmeccanica will strengthen its industrial collaboration and its commercial presence with its Russian partners by introducing a new product into the Russian market, which has already proven extremely successful globally.

Hughes Demonstrates High-Defi nition Video Over Satellite from Rotary-Wing Aircraft

Hughes Network Systems LLC recently announced that its Defense and Intelligence Systems Division (DISD) successfully demonstrated the transmission of real-time, high-defi nition video through helicopter blades with no signal disruption using its unique beyond-line-of-sight

(BLoS) technology.

Conducted in July, the testing of the Hughes end-to-end SATCOM solution

for airborne

platforms was performed on a NorthStar Aviation Bell 407 multi-role helicopter (MRH), and was supported by Boeing, General Dynamics, DataPath, and Northrop Grumman Corporation. The test was the fi rst of its kind in the Ka-band over the Inmarsat-5 (I-5) F2 satellite, part of the Global Xpress constellation.

A new, ruggedized modem was employed during a series of fl ight tests to assess the capabilities of relaying real-time video from helicopters to ground operatives who could potentially be hundreds or even thousands of miles away from the aircraft. Rotary-wing aircraft applications using the novel Hughes waveform technology include intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance for military use, border security, search and rescue, wildfi re response, news gathering, and police patrol. Though testing was conducted on the Ka-band over the Inmarsat Global Xpress system via its I-5 F2 satellite, the Hughes solution can transmit across all satellite frequency bands, and may be applied to fi xed- and rotary-wing platforms built by Sikorsky, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, General Atomics, and others. Representatives from the DoD, several large aerospace prime contractors, and commercial helicopter operators attended various phases of the testing to witness the new Hughes technology.

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