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Communication Management System

More Connected More Control
Johan Zandén
Senior Marketing Executive
+46 36 194854

Technological advances mean that the possibilities for expanding airborne communication are better than ever.

However if this communication technology is implemented in a fragmented way, workloads can increase, putting mission effectiveness – and crew safety – under threat.

Saab’s AviCom system combines all types of communication into one easy-to-use solution. This means that airborne assets are connected more effectively, optimising limited cockpit space and reducing aircraft weight, while simplifying crew communication activities and improving flight safety.

 * AviCom (formerly SCMS)


Our customers are OEM Avionics Integrators. Saab supplies the Hardware, Core Software and training and assistance for the development of the Application Software.


AviCom is a powerful and intelligent Communication Management System that puts the pilot in full control of the aircraft. The integrated control mechanism puts aircraft information at the pilot’s fingertips, resulting in reduced workload and increased effectiveness.  The system makes complex control functions easy, structured and user-efficient, meaning pilot training time is kept to a minimum, while a high level of control is offered to the user through customisation.

AviCom fulfils requirements for both secure and non-secure communications. The display system provide management of aircraft communications, radio navigation equipment integrating digital audio and quipment control facilities. It provides Audio (including intercom)-, Radio- and Radio-Navigation Equipment Management, enabling the generation, integration and management of aircraft audio warning signals. It can also be configured to provide secure communications capabilities by fulfilling requirements for compromising emanation (TEMPEST compliant).


AviCom is comprised of building blocks – products that are perfectly synchronised, creating a system that works seamlessly. These building blocks can be integrated to create effective systems for any platform and any role. The scalable and modular architecture creates a flexible solution. The functionality of the system is housed in software running on the solution architecture. This enables options for self-customising the application, which puts control in hands of the owner.


* AviCom (formerly SCMS)

SCALABLE SOLUTIONS                                                                

AviCom’s modular structure has scalability and adaptability at its heart. By making use of distributed networking architecture Saab ensure that the system can be used with a wide variety of platforms. A series of Line Replaceable Units (LRUs) mean that individual components can be added to existing systems. AviCom can be integrated with many aircraft types, including:

  • Helicopters
  • Fighters
  • Transport
  • Special mission aircraft

In use

Rotary Systems AviCom

* AviCom (formerly SCMS)

Fixed-wing systems AviCom

ACMS – Airborne Communications Management Agusta A109
In use in Agusta A109. 

Technical specification


  • ARINC 429 (high or low speed)
  • ARINC 664
  • RS485 (bi-directional)
  • RS422 (bi-directional)
  • Audio (bi-directional)
  • Analogue to Digital (16 bit)
  • MIL-STD-1553B (Bus Controller, Monitor and Remote Terminal)
  • Programmable Discrete ports
  • 100 Mb/s Digital Bus
  • Gigabit Ethernet (including VOIP bridge)

* AviCom (formerly SCMS)

  • Displays: Colour 320 x 240 (Quarter VGA), 4.1 inch
  • Power consumption: 30 W (nominal) per unit
  • Mass: < 2.1 kg per unit
  • Size: 127 mm (W) x 86 mm (H) x 215 mm (D) per unit (maximum)
  • Operating temperature: -40°C to +70°
  • Development standards:
    - MIL-STD-810
    - MIL-STD-461
    - RTCA DO-160
    - RTCA DO-178
    - RTCA DO-254
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