Satellite communications equipment manufacturer TrueNorth Avionics has received a U.S. Air Force contract to supply its Simphonï satcom systems for the government’s VIP transport fleet. The contract covers the installation of two-channel Iridium satcom systems in 40 C-37B aircraft (the military designation for the Gulfstream G550 and GV-SP) under the air force’s TARS (terrestrial aeronautical radiotelephone system) program. C37-Bs are used to transport high-ranking government officials.
The Ottawa, Canada firm also announced the Ontario government has committed to the Simphonï phones for the Ministry of Natural Resources fleet of aircraft. Installation work for this contract is being performed by Mid-Canada Mod Center in Mississauga, Ontario.
Government and widebody VIP orders are buoying the company through the recession, even as sales to business aircraft operators continue to lag. The company noted it has developed a graphical communications management console for widebody VIP airplanes designed to give passengers a “war room”-style view of their active communications. Developed for Gore Design Completions, the console’s initial installation will be aboard an Airbus A340-500 featuring 41 TrueNorth Simphonï handsets.