• SJU reference # PJ.14-02-04 /Release 2019
  • Stakeholders
  • Benefits Cost-efficiency
  • Status In the pipeline

Europe’sfuture satellite communications will need to support more aircraft, new types of manned and unmanned craft, as well as military air traffic. This demands higher datalink communication capacity and better performance than any kind of current communication system. SESAR is focused on developing an air-ground communication infrastructure capable of supporting future air traffic services in addition to flight operations centres (or military wing operations centres). A key part of resilient air-ground communications is the development of an FCI network infrastructure to support future service concepts and the migration towards
internet protocol. The extension of a common, shared, integrated and resilient network infrastructure is necessary to enable SWIM applications and interfaces between all parties, including the military.

Timely access to airspace management data and information services is the first step towards enabling real-time sharing of trajectories in 4D. The SESAR research includes completion of specifications for the FCI network infrastructure in order to support multilink capability and complete mobility between different data link systems such as satellite communications (SatCom), LDACS, or AeroMACS. It also addresses civil-military interoperability requirements for ground/ground network interfaces, safety, and security requirements.

The candidate solution will improve safety and security, enhancing the efficiency and flexibility of the overall datalink system through the provision of resilient multilink and mobile communications capabilities to the aircraft.

SJU references: #PJ.14-02-04/Wave 2


  • Enhanced safety, security
  • Increased cost efficiency
  • Greater civil-military interoperability