CMC SwiftBroadBand Antenna for B777s
Esterline CMC Electronics (Hall 3 Stand D50) and Boeing have signed a contract to offer CMC’s multi-channel SwiftBroadBand compliant CMA-2102SB satcom high-gain antenna system for new Boeing 777s. The 2102SB recently received Inmarsat multi-channel SwiftBroadBand approval and Transport Canada appliance type approval. The device is the only top-mount Arinc 741 antenna to gain such approval. The new-generation antenna supports Inmarsat Aero-H+, Swift64 and SwiftBroadBand satellite communications services. The company has based the design on CMC’s proprietary technology and architecture used in its current CMA-2102 system. The antenna’s design allows for seamless coverage, according to Esterline CMC, independent of aircraft direction, over 90 percent of the specified Inmarsat hemisphere. The company claims the technological evolution increases “by an order of magnitude” the communications capacity for air transport aircraft.