General Dynamics Mission Systems Delivers 1,000th Boeing Tri-band Radome for Airborne Satellite Communications

General Dynamics Mission Systems announced today that it has delivered the 1,000th Tri-band radome to Boeing for line-fit installation onto their commercial and military aircraft.

These radomes provide physical protection of the aircraft’s antennas to enable reliable in-flight satellite communications (SATCOM) for passengers including Wi-Fi internet connectivity and live television. The Boeing Tri-band radome supports Ku and K/Ka wideband commercial and military satellite communications and is used aboard Boeing 737, 777, 787 Dreamliner and C-17 aircraft. It can accommodate a wide range of antennas and is compatible with all major connectivity service providers. General Dynamics Mission Systems has produced the Boeing Tri-band radome since 2016.

“This milestone is another example of our Marion team’s commitment to successfully designing and producing radomes for a wide range of commercial and military aircraft,” said Pat Appleman, Vice President of Airborne Composites and Structures at General Dynamics Mission Systems. “The radome’s ability to safely and economically accommodate a broad range of antennas and frequencies has enabled better in-flight entertainment and connectivity for the flying public.”
The Tri-band radome can be mounted on new or existing airplane mounting plates and supports satellite communications at all Ku-band and extended K and Ka-bands. It meets all Federal Aviation Administration environmental and safety requirements, including FAA regulations for bird strike survivability.

General Dynamics Mission Systems has developed SATCOM radomes for both fuselage and tail-mounted installation for single and multi-band function across the X, Ku, K and Ka frequency bands. In total, General Dynamics Mission Systems has produced more than 2,000 SATCOM radomes currently installed on large commercial aircraft, regional jets and business jets.

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