Rockwell Collins has received $25 million in orders from the U.S. Navy for ARC-210 Gen5 radios, providing much-needed networking and interoperability solutions to warfighters. In the wake of the first production delivery to the PMA-209 Program Office in April, this order will provide hundreds of production terminals featuring software defined networking capabilities that provide a growth path to host the Soldier Radio Waveform, and eventually, Mobile User Objective System waveforms.
"There is an urgent market need for a radio with networking and modern cryptographic functionality for airborne platforms," said Bob Haag, vice president and general manager of Communications Products for Rockwell Collins. "The ARC-210 Gen5 provides an affordable, reliable and secure networking solution with minimal integration impact for multiple types of aircraft."
The recent NAVAIR Air Combat Electronics Program Office (PMA-209) Procurement Decision provides U.S. Navy and Department of Defense aircraft the ability to be equipped with ARC-210 RT-1939 Gen5 radios.
A form and fit replacement for existing ARC-210 radios, currently installed on more than 180 different platform types worldwide, the ARC-210 Gen5 radio recently received National Security Agency (NSA) certification, providing compliance with the NSA's cryptographic modernization initiative. It is the first military airborne transceiver to provide a modern, embedded, fully programmable information security capability.
The ARC-210 Gen5 radio features a software-defined Multi-Waveform Architecture, which is an optimized Software Communications Architecture, embedded programmable next generation crypto and extended frequencies to 941 MHz. In addition, the Gen5 radio will provide the Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS) UHF data link capability and will support insertion of Tactical Secure Voice (TSV), Integrated Waveform, Combat Net Radio and Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW) capabilities.
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