Astronics upgrades portable test system with new test functions, avionics data loader

EAST AURORA, N.Y. Astronics Test Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Astronics Corp. (NASDAQ:ATRO), has upgraded its CTS-6000 Tactical Radio Series communications test set with five new test functions, such that the portable unit can test both analog and digital functions of deployed radios.

Mar 9th, 2017
Astronics upgrades portable test system with new test functions, avionics data loader
Astronics upgrades portable test system with new test functions, avionics data loader

EAST AURORA, N.Y.Astronics Test Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Astronics Corp. (NASDAQ:ATRO), has upgraded its CTS-6000 Tactical Radio Series communications test set with five new test functions, such that the portable unit can test both analog and digital functions of deployed radios.

The CTS-6000 Series tests radio frequency (RF), wireless communications, and navigation systems. The new release adds five new test functions: Error Vector Magnitude (EVM), wideband streaming Transmit (TX) and Receive (RX), real time RF burst trigger, power analyzer, Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) reader, and an avionics data loader.

Currently fielded testers can only test analog functions, says Astronics Test Systems Executive Vice President Brian Price. “For the first time, the upgraded CTS-6000 test solution provides frontline technicians with the ability to field test the complete functions of radios such as the Harris AN/PRC-117G or the AN/PRC-152A. It brings the comprehensive functionality of traditional depot-level testing directly to the fielded units, reducing expensive depot downtime and frustrating ‘no fault found’ results.”

Astronics Test Systems has added five new test functions to the CTS-6000 Series to deliver the most comprehensive portable test unit for testing military tactical radios, officials say.

The CTS-6000 Series is a comprehensive communications tester for field and at-platform testing, reducing testing time and cost, maintenance and calibration costs, lifecycle ownership costs, and the number of “no fault found” results, officials add.

Essentially an entire lab bench in a tablet-sized device, users can employ more than 16 included software-driven test instruments to test tactical handsets, amplifiers, antennae, and any other component of a radio system.

Error Vector Magnitude – Enables the testing of current and future multiband networking radios to 6 GHz plus, providing testing capabilities beyond legacy analog AM/FM/Single Side Band (SSB)

Wideband Streaming TX and RX – Supports Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) waveforms and 802.11p, as well as commercial applications such as automotive Vehicle to Everything (V2X), Positive Train Control (PTC) and Communication Based Train Control (CBTC)

Real-time RF Burst Trigger – Supports pulse capture and analysis, truly continuous signal monitoring and recording, enables at-platform Over-the-Air (OTA) link analysis

Power Analyzer – Supports peak, average and pulse power measurements and enables pulse power measurement for distance measuring equipment (DME) and other avionics transponders

Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) Reader and Data Loader – Includes an NVM terminal emulator for avionics test support with line replaceable unit (LRU) shop mode, plus a data loader for avionics LRU original equipment manufacturer (OEM) firmware updates

Additional military-specific features of the CTS-6000 Series include:

Support for Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS), Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW), Wideband Networking Waveform (WNW), American Frequency Hopping System (HAVEQUICK), Special Operations Community Network (SOCNET) and more

Existing test program sets (TPS) for AN/PRC-117G, AN/PRC-148 family (MBITR, JEM and 6809), AN/PRC-150, AN/PRC-152, AN/PRC-137G*

Software flexibility to add new test capabilities that satisfy rapidly evolving test requirements

Astronics Corp. (NASDAQ:ATRO) is a supplier of advanced technologies and products to the global aerospace, defense, and semiconductor industries. Astronics’ products and services include advanced, high-performance electrical power generation, distribution and motion systems, lighting and safety systems, avionics products, aircraft structures, systems certification and automated test systems.

Astronics’ strategy is to increase its value by developing technologies and capabilities, either internally or through acquisition, and using those capabilities to provide innovative solutions to its targeted markets and other markets where its technology can be beneficial. Through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Astronics has a reputation for high-quality designs, exceptional responsiveness, strong brand recognition, and best-in-class manufacturing practices.

* The Astronics CTS-6000 Series tester unit is controlled under the EAR, however when loaded with military TPS the unit is controlled under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Any export or retransfer of this product is strictly prohibited without prior licensing approval of the U.S. State Department.

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