Honeywell has recently demonstrated its HSD-400 voice and high-speed data transceiver aboard the UH-60 Black Hawk and CH-53 Stallion helicopters.
Such systems expand and ease communications between the platforms and their command and control centres, enhancing encrypted voice transmissions while also allowing the transfer of high-quality video.
Designed by Honeywell (Hall 5A, Stand D367) for use on board both larger fixed- and rotary-wing platforms, the HSD-400 offers up to four communications channels, each with a data rate of 432kbps. The system uses Inmarsat High Data Rate services to provide a wi-fi capability to the platform, and eliminates the disturbances that can be caused by the rotating blades of a helicopter. Compatible with a range of antennas, the HSD-400 is available as an upgrade or as part of new installations.