Cobham SATCOM launches BAM-compliant DSC Class A VHF

Cobham SATCOM has announced the launch of its new SAILOR 7222 VHF DSC Class A VHF radio, compliant with GMDSS requirements as well the new Bridge Alert Management (BAM) IMO resolution coming into force on 29 August, 2021.

The radio features a 5.5” TFT touch-screen interface for ease of use in various light conditions on the bridge, as well as an extended replay feature offering playback of up to 480 seconds of activity for message verification.

SAILOR 7222 VHF DSC Class A can be installed as a standalone device, or as a core component of a SAILOR GMDSS console. Its networking functionality allows the unit to be deployed as part of a fully compliant safety system with other compatible SAILOR products, including mini-C, MF/HF, NAVTEX, Portable VHF and AIS.

“We’re proud to bring SAILOR 7222 VHF DSC Class A to the market to support professional mariners on all vessel types, in all conditions. The new radio builds our established technology leadership in the commercial marine and fishing markets, which has already seen Cobham SATCOM successfully install thousands of VHF radios across all vessel types during the last 60 years,” said Niels Peter Agdal, Director – Radio, Safety & Tracking at Cobham SATCOM.

“With IMO pushing the safety standards in the sector ever higher to offer greater protection to seafarers and ships, we believe SAILOR 7222 VHF DSC Class A will play a critical role in offering safe, reliable and timely compliance with the new regulations, including the updated BAM guidance coming into force in August 2021.”

The radio is a direct successor to the SAILOR 6222 VHF DSC Class A, which does not comply with the new BAM requirements. Cobham SATCOM says it is offering software updates for all other radios affected by those new requirements, including SAILOR 6110 mini-C (BAM is implemented and released), SAILOR 63XX MF/HF DSC Class A – Series, SAILOR 639X Navtex and SAILOR 628X AIS.

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