Rockwell Collins develops new ARC-210 smart mount for Iridium® SATCOM integration

Iridium satellite

A new smart mount for the Rockwell Collins ARC-210 airborne radio provides a solid integration with Iridium® SATCOM (satellite rendering shown) for true global coverage and beyond line of sight capabilities.Click to enlarge

  • First V/UHF tactical airborne radio to access the Iridium network through Distributed Tactical Communications System (DTCS)
  • Provides a reliable beyond line of sight radio solution to compliment military tactical communication systems

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Feb. 21, 2018) – Rockwell Collins has developed a smart mount that will provide users of the ARC-210 networked communications airborne radio with added SATCOM capability through the Iridium® network. Accessing Iridium's network of 66 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, users are able to maintain true global coverage, including polar regions, while simultaneously maintaining full use of the ARC-210 radio’s standard capabilities.

“The smart mount will be a low risk and cost-effective way to bring the added benefits of Iridium to the ARC-210 system, delivering reliable communications no matter where the mission is,” said Troy Brunk, vice president and general manager, Communication, Navigation and Electronic Warfare Solutions for Rockwell Collins.

“Adding Iridium SATCOM to the ARC-210 leverages the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) secure gateway as well as the diverse and resilient Iridium NEXT constellation,” said Ken Flowers, vice president, Government Solutions for Iridium. “Integration requires no modifications to the existing onboard radio and will enable reliable voice, data and position location information anywhere on the planet.”

The smart mount was recently demonstrated to U.S. Department of Defense representatives to showcase the integration’s beyond line of sight capabilities.

About Iridium Communications Inc.
Iridium is the only mobile voice and data satellite communications network that spans the entire globe. Iridium enables connections between people, organizations and assets to and from anywhere, in real time. Together with its ecosystem of partner companies, Iridium delivers an innovative and rich portfolio of reliable solutions for markets that require truly global communications. The company has a major development program underway for its next-generation network — Iridium NEXT. Iridium Communications Inc. is headquartered in McLean, Va., U.S.A., and its common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol IRDM. For more information about Iridium products, services and partner solutions, visit

About Rockwell Collins
Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL) is a leader in aviation and high-integrity solutions for commercial and military customers around the world. Every day we help pilots safely and reliably navigate to the far corners of the earth; keep warfighters aware and informed in battle; deliver millions of messages for airlines and airports; and help passengers stay connected and comfortable throughout their journey. As experts in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, cabin interiors, information management, mission communications, and simulation and training, we offer a comprehensive portfolio of products and services that can transform our customers’ futures. To find out more, please visit

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