IAI Announces Launch Customer for SATCOM Terminal for Fighter Aircraft

ELK-1882T is a SATCOM network system with Conformal Electronic-Steered Antenna

IAI/ELTA ELK-1882 (Illustration courtesy of the company)

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced it has received the first order for its ELK-1882T SATCOM (Satellite Communication) terminal with a conformal electronic-steered antenna for fighter jets. Developed by IAI's subsidiary ELTA Systems, the ELK-1882T SATCOM network system will be installed, for the first time, on dozens of advanced Western fighters. First deliveries are planned for 2021.

According to the company, the customer has selected the ELK-1882T Ku-band phased array SATCOM network for its ease of installation and integration, which boasts minimal impact on aircraft performance due to the conformal installation. This conformal flush installation generates negligible drag, as opposed to conventional high profile SATCOM dish antennas. In addition, the new system has no moving parts, which greatly enhances reliability and robustness, especially on board modern high maneuvering fighters. The onboard system (terminal) includes a conformal phased antenna installed on the jet's fuselage, comprising the transceiver, modem and High Power Amplifier (HPA) in a single LRU, with an IP LAN connection to the aircraft avionics.

"This is a strategic and important cooperation for ELTA's SATCOM products line with a leading aircraft manufacturer and prestigious customer," said Nissim Hadas, IAI's Executive VP & ELTA President. "We are proud to have been selected and look forward to delivering our advanced SATCOM solutions. We are sure that this significant achievement is only the first milestone in positioning ELTA as a leader in electronic steering technology for aircraft communication solutions."

IAI/ELTA's SATCOM solutions will be displayed at the MilSatCom Show in London, UK on November 7-9, 2017.