R4 Integration system secures type approval for Global Xpress

08 September 2020: R4 Integration, Inc. (R4), the premier provider of airborne roll-on/roll-off communication systems for U.S. and partner government aircraft, has received type approval for its R4 C-130 Multi-Purpose Hatch System (MPHS) for use over Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network.

The R4 MPHS is a low-profile Ka-band integrated system that can be configured with virtually any type antenna or sensor that meets the size constraints of the MPHS. The system is fully interoperable with military Ka-band systems and optimised for use over the Global Xpress constellation.

Global Xpress is the world’s first and only, globally available, seamless mobile wideband service. In U.S. government operation since July 2014, it has established itself as the gold standard for reliable communications across land, air and sea for assured mobile connectivity and interoperability with government satellite systems.

C5ISR support

The MPHS has been developed for mission-critical roll-on/roll-off requirements of the most demanding government special operations forces and other government customers. It accesses various Ka-band networks to provide enroute Command, Control, Computers, Communications, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) support to airborne users on all C-130/L-100 aircraft variants.

Steve Gizinski, President, Inmarsat Government commented, “The rapidly growing military, government and commercial customer adoption of Global Xpress is a testament to its exceptional assured global mobile connectivity and seamless interoperability with military satellite resources. With R4’s MPHS, military users now have a very compact, Roll-On/Roll-Off solution to support airborne critical communications-on-the-move connectivity requirements.”

John Parsley, President of R4 stated, “Our smart, integrated, hybrid solution meets the fast-changing intel requirements of airborne forces. Inmarsat’s Global Xpress provides the peak of seamless SATCOM-on-the-move operability for mission-critical operations based on our MPHS solution.”