In October of this year, we announced that SD Avionics is developing a new flat panel connectivity antenna for business and military aviation. We have partnered with QEST (Quantenelektronische Systeme GmbH), a worldwide leader in innovative aeronautical antennas, to bring the solution to market. The introduction of this flat panel antenna will enable an even greater selection of connectivity options for a wider range of platforms around the world. Our investment means more passengers, crew, and flight departments will be able to access reliable, secure connectivity to support their day-to-day operations.
The electronically steered, phased-array antenna system aims to be the smallest and most efficient form factor, bringing high speed connectivity to small and mid-size jets, where a tail-mounted antenna solution is not an option. The future-proof technology is compatible with LEO and GEO satellite networks operating in multiple frequency bands.
SD will be the exclusive provider of this antenna to business aviation, military, and government markets globally. We are working with aircraft OEMs on product specification and development, targeting product launch in late 2020.