Navy orders AN/ARC-210(V) aircraft radios, radio control sets, and related avionics equipment from Rockwell Collins

Posted by John Keller

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 19 May 2013. U.S. Navy avionics radio communications experts needed electronic radios and related equipment for a variety of aircraft. They found their solution from Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Officials of the Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., awarded Rockwell Collins a $9.2 million contract modification last week for AN/ARC-210(V) aircraft radios and related avionics communications equipment.

The AN/ARC-210 Gen V programmable digital communications system from Rockwell Collins provides two-way, multi-mode voice and data communications over frequencies from 30 to 512 MHz, covering UHF and VHF bands with AM, FM, and satellite communications capabilities.

The ARC-210 radio also includes embedded anti-jam waveforms, including Have Quick and SINCGARS, and other data link and secure communications features for battlefield interoperability and transfer of data, voice, and imagery. The radios communicates with other avionics over a MIL-STD-1553 data bus.

The ARC-210 aircraft radio provides VHF close air support radio communications on 30-88 MHz frequencies; navigation on 108-118 MHz; air traffic control on 118-137 MHz; land mobile communications on 137-156 MHz; and maritime communications on 156-174 MHz.

The radios also provide aircraft with UHF military and homeland defense communications on 225-512 MHz frequencies; and public-safety communications on 806-824, 851-869, 869-902, and 935-941 frequencies.

The AN/ARC-210 Gen V programmable digital communication system conforms to software defined radio (SDR) tenets and architectures, and transfers networked or point-to-point data, voice, and imagery.

Rockwell Collins engineers also have added a connector in the back of the radio to allow an Ethernet input for network-centric warfare. Rockwell Collins has supplied more than 30,000 AN/ARC-210 radios worldwide on over 180 different kinds of aircraft for multiband, multimode communications, company officials say.

The ARC-210 also provides embedded, programmable information security per the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) Cryptographic Modernization Initiative.

The contract modification to Rockwell Collins also calls for the company to provide the Navy with 40 C-12561A/ARC control radio sets; 80 MT-6567/ARC mounting bases; 40 MT-7006 ARC amplifier mounts; 40 AM-7526/ARC high-power amplifiers; 40 MX-11745/ARC low-noise amplifier (LNA) diplexers with high-power radio frequency switches; four C-12561A reprogramming kits with USB port connectors; and 80 RT-1990(C)/ARC receiver-transmitters.

Rockwell Collins will do the work in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and should be finished in July 2014. For more information contact Rockwell Collins online at www.rockwellcollins.com, or Naval Air Systems Command at www.navair.navy.mil.

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