By Juliet Van Wagenen | December 21, 2016
|C-17. Photo: Rockwell Collins|
[Avionics Magazine 12-21-2016] The Defense Information System Agency (DISA)/Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization (DITCO) has awarded a Data Link Service Provider (DSP) 4 contract to Rockwell Collins. The DSP 4 contract, with options, represents a potential five-year agreement for the provision of Command and Control (C2) communications, broadband cabin services, global flight planning and flight deck safety services.
Under the new contract, Rockwell Collins will provide aircraft data link, voice and value-added communication services to the United States Government (USG) and military to include United States Air Force Air Mobility Command (AMC) Transport and Very Important Person Special Air Mission (VIPSAM) aircraft. The company’s ARINCDirect services enable global communications with USG aircraft to provide direct Air Traffic Control (ATC) routing, which aims to reduce mission time and fuel costs. ARINCDirect’s global flight planning and international trip support services will also support AMC.
The ARINCDirect services for AMC aircraft include Inmarsat and Iridium satellite communications, very high frequency data link, High Frequency Data Link (HFDL) and will provide for information exchanges between AMC C2 systems and aircraft.