The GECO tablet-based Mission Support System on the knee of a British Apache CQHI.
The capability, which was developed in response to an urgent operational requirement (UOR), is operationally proven after being used by RAF chinooks operating in austere conditions in Mali during Operation NEWCOMBE.
The beyond line of sight capability, which is operated on Inzpire’s tablet-based GECO Mission Support System, uses satellite communication enabling users to communicate over great distances from virtually anywhere in the world. The use of the company’s tablet-based electronic flight bag means there is no requirement for aircraft integration, as the system can be hand-held or worn on the user’s knee.
A 4G option is also available for use during training, enhancing connectivity and reducing cost.
Designed by Inzpire’s ex-military aviators and highly-experienced engineers, the secure messaging function of BLOS allows messaging groups to be created and customised in real time. Default messages are stored on the system to speed up the sending of routine messages, whilst emergency messages are also stored and can generate instant alerts and responses. A read receipt function has also been developed, ensuring the sender can keep track of the status of their messages and whether they have been received and read.
To enhance awareness during missions, BLOS also provides the operator with live location updates of other users, both on the ground and in the air. With the functionality being developed by ex-military aircrew who understand the sensitive nature of missions, the position sharing feature can also be turned on or off.
Simon Gilbert, Inzpire’s regional business development manager, said: “A networked beyond line of sight capability with GECO will provide users with a rapid and operationally focussed networked system. GECO BLOS requires no aircraft modification, thereby offering hugely reduced costs and timescale to our customers. It is operationally proven, in service now, and alongside the vast array of other GECO system features, BLOS allows vital safety and situational awareness updates to be exchanged over great range between aircraft, control centres or HQs. It is a superb system designed by aircrew for aircrew”.
Inzpire will be exhibiting at the Dubai Airshow on stand 1613.
The GECO tablet aircrew view of an aircraft seeing another network participant’s position using BLOS