Another step forward for ESN with A2G procurement
The UK Home Office has announced that it has selected Cobham to provide the aircraft communications system (ACS) for its new broadband Emergency Services Network (ESN). The contract is worth £64 million.
“The procurement is to establish a framework agreement that the authority and nominated ESN user organisations can use to procure the required goods and services for use on [the network].”
Speaking of the procurement, Steve Whatson, deputy director for ESMCP, said: “The award of the ACS contract marks an extremely important milestone in the rollout of the Emergency Services Network and allows us to look forward towards the deployment of a full 4G LTE Air network, which will be a world first. We look forward to working closely with Cobham to deliver this capability.”
Paul Kahn, sector president of Cobham Communication & Connectivity said: “This win reinforces Cobham’s position as the market leader in critical communications for airborne users. We are proud to offer our continued support to UK emergency services having provided their existing TETRA communications systems since the inception of Airwave.”
The ESN Air solution will provide mission-critical push-to-talk voice and high-speed data services over LTE for all UK police aircraft and air ambulances. Delivery of the system will take place between 2021–22.
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