Orbit GX46 terminal receives approval for Inmarsat Global Xpress

This high-throughput aviation terminal supports military, government and commercial users on the GX mobile wideband service.

Inmarsat and Orbit Communication Systems Ltd. have announced that the Orbit GX46 multi-purpose terminal (MPT) has received full type approval for use over Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) network.

GX46 is a modular, multi-role terminal that operates in the GX commercial and military Ka-bands through a 46 cm antenna. Orbit said the terminal is fully integrated with modems, electronics and software and can be used for a wide range of communications capabilities for business aircraft, military aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). It has been built to be compatible with the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) system. The terminal is electronically switchable between systems and bands via Automatic Beam Switching (ABS) using industry-standard OpenAMIP and OpenBMIP protocols, ensuring seamless operations.

Speaking about the partnership, Tom Costello, Chief Commercial Officer, Inmarsat Government said: “Our partnership with Orbit enables Inmarsat to respond rapidly to market needs with fully qualified wideband satellite terminals. The GX46 meets mission-critical needs for our key customers by delivering high-performance, always-available connectivity worldwide. This terminal is a game-changer for those that demand the very best in connectivity.”

Daniel Eshchar, CEO of Orbit, added: “Orbit offers a complete range of airborne satellite communications building blocks that maximize flexibility and enable future scalability. Built to fulfil the ‘everywhere, all-the-time’ coverage requirements of the military and commercial airborne users, GX46 provides outstanding RF performance under the harshest environmental conditions.”