SwiftBroadband (HGA)
SwiftBroadband HGA (Class 6 terminal) delivers the full capabilities of our top-of-the range communications service for general aviation.
Up to four channels per aircraft deliver simultaneous voice and data communications, always-on data up to 432kbps per channel, HDR data rates up to 700kbps on demand, and full-channel streaming with SwiftBroadband X-Stream.

With the HDR waveform, Class 6 terminals now bring robust streaming operations on rotary wing platforms up to 500 kbps.
Contended IP data

Over a high-gain antenna (HGA), SwiftBroadband delivers a symmetric, always-on data connection of up to 432kbps per background channel.

Satellite telephony

High-quality voice with the full functionality of terrestrial fixed phone services. Each SwiftBroadband channel provides a circuit-switched voice channel to the aircraft, with an option to add up to eight more with our multi-voice capability using in-built VoIP functionality. All voice services can be used in parallel to the packet data services.

Streaming IP / SwiftBroadband X-Stream

SwiftBroadband (HGA) provides guaranteed connection rates per channel of 8, 16, 32, 64 and 128kbps symmetrical and HDR streaming services (Full or Half on symmetrical connection and a combination of Full HDR, Half HDR and 64kbps on an asymmetrical basis) on demand, as well as full-channel streaming with SwiftBroadband X-Stream.


You can use up to four channels per aircraft, enabling up to 2.8Mbps over a high-gain antenna delivering simultaneous voice and data communications.

Enhanced data

Allows simultaneous users concurrent access to applications. Data compression allows for optimisation of channel usage by conveying larger amounts of data in the same timeframe.

Global coverage

SwiftBroadband is accessible globally, except in the extreme Polar Regions.

Secure connections

Compatible with government-grade encryption and secure communications standards, including STU-IIIb, STE, Taclane, KIV-7 and Brent.

Dashboard™ - All-in-one tool for BGAN, FleetBroadband, SwiftBroadband and Satellite Phone Services

With Dashboard, users can activate, deactivate, suspend, resume and make other changes to their SIM cards. Dashboard provides a near real-time overview of all traffic usage, rated against the Inmarsat invoice price, which not only includes completed calls, but also calls that are currently in progress.


TopFlight SATCOM is a small, light, cost-effective, cooperative mode satcom system conforming to the latest ARINC-781 standard, housed in a single 6 MCU enclosure and offering Classic and SwiftBroadband services. Passengers now benefit from use of cellular telephones and internet with worldwide roaming on board the aircraft.

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Thales has occupied a leading position in the airborne satellite communications market for nearly two decades, having pioneered the technology working with us.

TopFlight offers new level of performance

The TopFlight satcom establishes a new level of performance for making and receiving voice calls, SMS text messaging, e-mails or surfing the web with personal electronic devices, passing data over SwiftBroadband.

Taking full advantage of our Inmarsat-4 satellites, the Topflight satcom offers data rates of 432kbps per channel. Importantly, this standard of satcom continues to support Inmarsat Aero services for flightdeck voice and data connectivity, an essential part of oceanic FANS and ATS communications.

The additional capability of IP-based broadband enables crew and operations to exchange data more efficiently and with a greater fidelity, supporting applications such as electronic flight bag (EFB) and aircraft system monitoring. Thales also provides billing and revenue management systems to integrate with TopFlight satcom.

TopFlight satcom can be recognised for the following features:

  • Two channels of SwiftBroadband providing up to 864kbps in background
  • A single multi-service box combining Classic Aero (cockpit and voice data) and SwiftBroadband services
  • TFS is a standalone unit with an embedded 30 watts High Power Amplifier (HPA) approved for ARINC 781
  • Four Ethernet ports for cockpit, cabin and military applications
  • On-demand streaming of data
  • Certification across multiple platforms.


Cobham offers a range of SwiftBroadband systems for airliners, business jets, helicopters and UAVs, covering the support of safety services communications to general office-in-the-sky connectivity. Cobham distinguishes itself by delivering products with the smallest size, weight and power consumption, whether best in class antennas or feature rich satellite data terminals.

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Developing industry-leading solutions

A valued Inmarsat aeronautical partner since 1992, Cobham is dedicated to developing industry-leading solutions. From its AVIATOR SwiftBroadband product family to legacy systems such as Aero HSD+, Cobham’s portfolio supports the full range of Inmarsat services for aviation.

Light, compact and powerful portfolio

Cobham’s AVIATOR SwiftBroadband portfolio is backed by a wealth of knowledge and experience gained in both the land-mobile and maritime sectors. Full understanding of the complexity of the industry’s needs has enabled Cobham to develop a portfolio that provides sophisticated and reliable airborne communications worldwide, both in the cabin and the cockpit.

Cobham has the largest range of antennas in the industry, including electronically (phased array) and mechanically steered options for all Inmarsat classes, including high gain (Class 6), intermediate gain (Class 7), low gain (Class 4) and omnidirectional (Class 15) antennas. This enables Cobham to offer many configurations designed to meet even the most challenging installation constraints. Cobham antennas are certified on a wide range of airliners (Airbus, Boeing), business jets (Bombardier, Dassault, Embraer and Gulfstream) and a growing number of helicopter and special-purpose platforms.

With high focus on size, weight and performance, the AVIATOR portfolio packages the latest in cutting-edge and innovative technology within compact and lightweight systems that offer simple and cost-effective installation. Fully harnessing the Inmarsat SwiftBroadband service, Cobham’s AVIATOR satcom solutions offer quick and efficient data transfer, combined with the availability of high-quality voice services for an extensive range of cabin and cockpit applications.

Some AVIATOR systems feature built-in Wi-Fi so that users can benefit from a host of modern communications capabilities, including connection of smart phones and personal tablets to the aircraft’s own wireless network.

With a proven track record for developing industry-leading solutions, Cobham’s AVIATOR offers significant operational and communications efficiencies to any size of aircraft, for users in a multitude of aeronautical sectors.

Cobham product descriptions


Cobham’s flagship AVIATOR 700 provides both Classic and SwiftBroadband services in one complete package. The system supports a wide range of communications applications in both the cockpit and cabin and the Aviator 700D is also fully FANS 1/A and CPDLC compliant.


Bandwidth doesn’t have to be compromised by size with Cobham’s AVIATOR 350. The system offers exceptional performance within a light and compact package, for an extensive range of communications applications within a multitude of aeronautical sectors.


Cobham’s AVIATOR 300 with intermediate gain antenna (IGA) offers a compact and lightweight SwiftBroadband solution, suitable for a multitude of aircraft within the business, military and government sectors.


Cobham AVIATOR 200 (Class 15) provides low-cost, high quality voice and data services down to 20 degrees elevation from the satellite through a small omnidirectional blade antenna.


The new Cobham’ AVIATOR 200S (Class 4) provides the same as Aviator 200, along with FANS 1/A ACARS safety services over the full Inmarsat service hemisphere through a small phased array antenna. AVIATOR 700S provides the same as two AVIATOR 350 systems, along with FANS 1/A ACARS safety services.

AVIATOR Wireless Handset

Combining cutting-edge technology with an easy-to-use interface, Cobham’s reliable, high-quality AVIATOR Wireless Handset fully harnesses the power of AVIATOR SwiftBroadband to offer advanced audio quality within a stylish and modern design.

Rockwell Collins

A pioneer in design, production and support of innovative solutions for customers in aerospace and defence. Rockwell Collins’ global team shares a vision to create the most trusted source of communication and aviation electronics solutions.

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Satellite communications that keep you connected

As well as meeting passenger connectivity needs, Rockwell Collins’ Inmarsat SATCOM cockpit communications help ensure a safe flight every time. They comply with the latest ARINC 761/781 industry standards for Classic Aero, Swift64 and SwiftBroadband operation.

Even though the SAT-2200 is one of the lightest, smallest and most affordable satcoms on the market, both the SAT2200 and SAT2100 are designed to maximum efficiency and scalability. The Satellite Data Unit (SDU-2200) has a built-in amplifier or, depending upon installation constraints, it can be paired with an external Flange Mounted Power Amplifier (FMPA-2200).

They are designed to work with the latest Inmarsat-approved high-gain antenna systems (HGA), including a Diplexer Low Noise Amplifier (DLNA) and a Configuration Module (CM). The fact that Rockwell Collins provides the HGA-2100 and DLNA-2100 ensures ease of installation of your complete satcom system, and a single source for servicing when needed.

Each software defined radio (SDR) channel card performs failure reversion to the required cockpit safety function. The Rockwell Collins satcom system is designed to maintain communications without pilot intervention during all flight phases. Handover between satellites and spot beams is accomplished automatically, based on preferences contained in the Secure ORT.

The normal configuration gives preference to the voice and data safety services provided by satellites and ground stations supporting Classic Aero services. Second priority is to maintain SwiftBroadband services, with the capability to fall back to Swift64 operation in the event of a SwiftBroadband outage.


Honeywell offers satellite communications solutions for passengers and flight crew, including reliable voice, fax and high-speed data communications throughout the world. The wide Honeywell portfolio extends from the small 2-MCU Aspire 200 Data Unit to the most capable, multi-channel satellite communication (MCS) product family with a choice of antennas to meet every customer’s needs and expectations.

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Class 6

The AMT-700 HGA (High-Gain Antenna) is a complete ARINC 781 mechanically steered HGA. The antenna is used to receive and transmit voice and data from aircraft via the Inmarsat satellite network and supports multi-channel SwiftBroadband (Class 6 services). The AMT-700 also has an integrated ACU in order to provide greater flexibility for installation.

The AMT-3800 antenna is an ARINC 781 electronically steered HGA. It is top fuselage-mounted and supports multi-channel SwiftBroadband (Class 6 services).

Class 15/6/7
Aspire 200

Honeywell Aspire 200 in-flight communications systems are ideally suited for a wide variety of aircraft types, including single and multi-engine turboprops and small jets, offering the same Honeywell quality as multi-channel MCS series in a smaller, lighter single-channel system.

Aspire 200 LG (Low-Gain Antenna) can be upgraded to Aspire 200 IG (Intermediate-Gain Antenna) or HG (High-Gain Antenna) for added performance.

Class 6/Class 7

The Honeywell MCS-7100 Series family is based around the 8-MCU HD-710 satellite data unit (SDU) either in a standalone mode or combined with an existing Classic system to offer of simultaneous channels of Classic Aero H+ services (voice & data) and Swift 64 or SwiftBroadband services.

All MCS-7100 systems are Level “D” certified and embedded HPA.

The MCS-7100 family is composed of:

  • MCS-7163, upgrade path to any existing Honeywell MCS-3000/6000
  • MCS-7147, the upgrade path to any existing Honeywell MCS-4000/7000
  • MCS-7120, an all-in-one architecture (HD-710 standalone configuration) with a flexible combination of up to four channels supporting Classic Aero services and Swift 64/SwiftBroadband

Class 6/Class 7

eNfusion® high-speed satellite communications transceivers interface with any ARINC 741/781-compatible antenna to provide high-speed voice and data links to Inmarsat’s worldwide satellite network.

  • The HSD400 is an 8-MCU two-channel card system providing two channels of SwiftBroadband or four channels of Swift 64, specifically designed to provide high-speed data and voice connectivity to the cabin
  • The HSD-440 is of an 8-MCU design and is used to add both SwiftBroadband cabin services and cockpit/safety services to an aircraft using a single avionics unit. It can interface with any ARINC 741/781 compatible antenna to provide the right level of services to the aircraft operator

The HSD-Xi Channel Extension Terminal is a 2-MCU sized terminal bringing additional data and voice capabilities to MCS-7120, HSD-440 and HSD-400 systems with a SwiftBroadband or Swift 64 channel.

SwiftBroadband (HGA) coverage