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.
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.
"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."