Cobham unveils next generation BAM compliant VHF

Cobham SATCOM enhances critical radio communications offering for the global maritime industry through new SAILOR 7222 VHF DSC Class A.

Cobham SATCOM has announced the launch of SAILOR 7222 VHF DSC Class A. A next generation SOLAS classified maritime Class A VHF radio with new performance features, its maker claims it will raise safety standards in the maritime industry by improving regular and critical communications at sea.

SAILOR 7222 VHF DSC Class A is easy to operate on any vessel type in any situation, delivering clear communications that could make the difference between a non-event and a major incident on board. The radio exceeds the standards set by IMO regulations for GMDSS Class A VHF, the new Bridge Alert Management IMO resolution MSC.302(87) coming into force 29 August 2021, as well as IEC 62923-1 & IEC 62923-2. It comes with a new and innovative user-friendly 5.5” TFT touch-screen interface that further streamlines workflows, optimising operational safety and efficiency. This new feature is critical as it ensures the display can be read day or night regardless of the light conditions on the bridge.

A further highlight of SAILOR 7222 VHF DSC Class A is its extended replay feature, which builds on a longstanding unique selling point of the SAILOR range to offer users playbacks of up to 480 seconds. This enables simple and fast message verification at any time. The radio’s powerful VHF transceiver design ensures vessels have a powerful and reliable connection during critical situations and in all conditions at sea.

Niels Peter Agdal, Director – Radio, Safety & Tracking at Cobham SATCOM, said, “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. 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 equipment is quick and easy to install as a standalone device, or as a core component of a SAILOR GMDSS console. Advanced networking functionality also significantly reduces the installation and service burden, when deployed as part of a fully compliant solution, with other compatible SAILOR products, including mini-C, MF/HF, NAVTEX, Portable VHF and AIS.

The radio is a direct successor of SAILOR 6222 VHF DSC Class A, which will not comply with the new BAM requirements. Cobham SATCOM is offering software updates for all other radios affected by the BAM 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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