Cobham is Volvo Ocean Race Equipment Partner for 2014-15


Cobham is Volvo Ocean Race Equipment Partner for 2014-15

Cobham has strengthened its commitment to the Volvo Ocean Race after signing up to become the Satellite & Radio Communications Equipment Partner and the Broadcast Equipment Partner for Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, which starts in Alicante in October 2014.


Cobham Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 Partner


Satellite and Radio Communications Equipment Partner


As part of the new deal, Cobham SATCOM will supply the satellite communications hardware for the new one-design Volvo Ocean 65s, including new generation SAILOR 500 and 250 FleetBroadband systems, as well as a large selection of radio and safety systems for use by the teams and race organisers, including new SAILOR AIS and Navtex solutions.


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"The SAILOR hardware used during the last three editions of the Volvo Ocean Race has functioned perfectly, fully justifying the faith the competitors put in the equipment as they confront a race run in the most extreme conditions on the planet," said Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad. "This partnership is particularly gratifying as it sees Cobham's commitment to the race strengthened considerably through an expanded range of products and support services."


Walther Thygesen, VP Cobham SATCOM, added: "The Volvo Ocean Race represents the ultimate challenge for our equipment, so we are especially pleased to be increasing our commitment in our new role as Race Partner. The race showcases SAILOR products in very tough and testing conditions, which can only enhance their credentials as the most reliable communications equipment for all maritime applications."


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Broadcast Equipment Partner


Messenger2_Transmitter_Enhanced_wCobham Tactical Communications and Surveillance will provide the technical infrastructure to enhance the viewing experience at the Race Villages along the route. Cobham's broadcast products use cutting edge communications technologies to empower broadcast users to broadcast seamlessly using a variety of wireless transmission capabilities.


Cobham's broadcast technology uses Internet Protocol (IP) platforms to provide broadcast quality High Definition (HD) content through wireless transmission and available internet access points globally. For the broadcaster, this reduces broadcast costs, enables real time distribution to a global audience and allows more flexible broadcast production.


David Ashton, VP Cobham Tactical Communications and Surveillance, said: "Cobham's unique broadcast products are backed by more than 50 years' valuable experience of transmitting and receiving information in very challenging electronic environments and have already been proven at a number of large sporting events. The opportunity to be involved in the live broadcast of the Volvo Ocean Race, arguably the world's toughest sporting event, is incredibly exciting. Our engineers are looking forward to working with the Volvo Ocean Race to deploy a flexible, innovative solution that will perform in the most challenging environments."


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About Cobham

Cobham protects lives and livelihoods with its differentiated technology and know-how, operating with a deep insight to customer needs and agility. The Group offers an innovative range of technologies and services to solve challenging problems across commercial, defence and security markets, from deep space to the depths of the ocean. It has market leading positions in air-to-air refuelling; aviation services; audio, video and data communications, including satellite communications; defence electronics; life support and mission equipment. The most important thing Cobham builds is trust.


About Cobham SATCOM

Cobham SATCOM develops, manufactures, sells and supports satellite and radio communication terminals and earth stations for land, marine and airborne applications. With the ever increasing demand for communication, our products and services are used to satisfy the needs of a wide variety of commercial, governmental and recreational applications.

Cobham SATCOM uses state-of-the-art technologies to design affordable, highly reliable high performance systems that have decreased over time in terms of size, weight and power consumption. Our products enable people to stay in touch under the most challenging and demanding conditions. When traditional communication technologies fail, Cobham SATCOM's products will keep providing our customers with high quality voice, data, and multimedia communications.

Our product designs have evolved tremendously during their decades in service in use around the world in a variety of domains and environments. We market under the AVIATOR, EXPLORER, SAILOR® and Sea Tel brands. Please refer to our websites for our list of global distributors and partners. Cobham SATCOM has design, development and manufacturing facilities in Denmark, Norway, South Africa, Sweden and the USA.

About Cobham Tactical Communications and Surveillance

Cobham Tactical Communications and Surveillance is a world leader in securing, sharing and communicating situational awareness in challenging environments, from urban surroundings to the digital battlefield.  It provides specialist communications, security and surveillance products together with integrated systems and solutions to 18 armed forces and more than 140 agencies globally.  Markets served include military platform communications, situational awareness, counter-terrorism and intelligence and law enforcement and public safety.  Cobham has developed its cutting edge technologies for the broadcast market providing real technical and operational benefits to newsgathering, live production and other high profile applications in solutions that empower users to broadcast without boundaries.

A world-class supplier of wireless links globally and a leader in the MPEG4 wireless technology revolution, Cobham offers high-quality, DVB-T low-delay broadcast transmitter/receiver systems and IP Solutions designed specifically for electronic news gathering, outside broadcast, satellite newsgathering, motor and extreme sports coverage, portable field monitoring and videoassist applications.  Backed by more than 50 years' valuable experience of transmitting and receiving information in difficult electronic environments in the military and surveillance market, Cobham's Broadcast portfolio benefits from the ultra-high build quality and ruggedness these products require.


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