The dual-polar Regional BGAN external antenna model FPA17-17RL/1020 has been superseded by model FPA17-RBGAN/1281. The replacement antenna has right-hand circular polarisation only and is exactly the same configuration as the previous model. The RBGAN/1281 is an even smaller antenna than the 17RL/1020, and measures 572x305x10.4mm (22.5x12x0.41 inches).
Cobham Antenna Systems has been able to increase the efficiency of the antenna and therefore now provides a 15m cable instead of 12m cable which was with the original product. The RBGAN/1281 has been in production since January 2006 and is being deployed for use with I4 satellites (Indian Ocean and Atlantic West).
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