The XS-950 Air Transport Data Link (ATDL) Mode S transponder is a full-feature system combining flawless implementation of all currently defined Mode S functions with unparalleled capability for future growth.
Over 4,000 XS-950 Mode S transponders have been delivered to more than 100 operators worldwide since the product debuted in 1996. Most Air Transport OEMs offer the XS-950, including Airbus, Boeing, Antonov, Ilyushin, and Tupolev. Airline industry leaders such as British Airways, Crossair, Federal Express, Iberia, KLM, Northwest Airlines, Qantas, Saudia, SWISS Airlines, and UPS have selected XS-950 as their transponder system of choice.
Our Mode S transponder is the industry's only ICAO Level IV transponder, capable of both uplink and downlink extended length messaging (COMM-C/D). The XS-950 meets or exceeds the latest requirements of ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) Annex 10 and RTCA DO-181C Minimum Operational Performance Standards (MOPS) for Mode S equipment and ARINC 718A Mode S characteristics.
The XS-950 has all of the required functionality for ICAO ACAS II mandate compliance, European Elementary and Enhanced Mode S Surveillance Downlink of Aircraft Parameters (DAPs), and ADS-B 1090ES extended squitter, as currently defined in the Aeronautical Information Circulars (AICs) and ICAO SARPS.
The XS-950 Mode S transponder has been designed for reliable performance and ease of maintenance. Highly Accelerated Life Testing (HALT) was performed on all engineering models of the XS-950. Each production XS-950 unit is subjected to Highly Accelerated Stress Screening (HASS) before being shipped to customers to ensure the highest product quality and to prevent failures from ever reaching the end user.
The XS-950 Mode S transponder has been designed for reliable performance and ease of maintenance. Highly Accelerated Life Testing (HALT) was performed on all engineering models of the XS-950. Each production XS-950 unit is subjected to Highly Accelerated Stress
Screening (HASS) before being shipped to customers to ensure the highest product quality and to prevent failures from ever reaching the end user.
High reliability of our Mode S transponder greatly enhances the overall TCAS system reliability by reducing Mode S transponder-induced TCAS no-fault-found failures. Upgrades to the XS-950 are performed through on-board software loads, providing operators with significant cost savings and scheduling flexibility.
The XS-950 Mode S Transponder is easily upgradeable for tomorrow's technology requirements. The rigorous design of our system allows major functionality upgrades, such as ICAO Level V datalink or pending U.S. transponder security modifications (also known as the Hijack Mode), with software-only changes.
- ICAO Level 4 (COMM-A/B/C/D) data link transponder
- ADS-B 1090ES extended squitter function
- Upgrade to ICAO Level 5 via software only
- ARINC 718A compliant
- Elementary & enhanced Mode S surveillance compliant
- Compatible with all ARINC 735A/735 TCAS II systems
- Maximum reliability with built-in test & self-test capabilities
- AC or DC power options
- Proven, leading-edge technology
- Ready for future requirements
ACSS (Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems)
Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems (ACSS), a joint-venture company of L-3 Communications & Thales, is a leader in safety avionics systems that increase safety and situational awareness for aircraft operators and the flying public.
More than 40,000 units of ACSS product are operating in commercial, corporate and military aircraft.