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[*] posted on 21-6-2019 at 08:37 AM


Harris to begin LRIP 2 HMS Manpack radio deliveries to US Army in October

Ashley Roque, Washington, DC - Jane's Defence Weekly

20 June 2019

The Harris Corporation is expecting to finish delivering its first batch of low-rate initial production (LRIP) Handheld, Manpack, and Small Form-Fit (HMS) radios to the US Army by October before moving out on a new buy.

Army leaders recently awarded the company with an undisclosed sum of money for a second LRIP contract for 860 AN/PRC-158 multichannel radios, Harris spokesperson Tim White told Jane’s. Under the plan, Harris is slated to complete delivery of its first batch of LRIP HMS Manpack radios by October, and then begin delivering the communication devices under the second buy.

“The army’s new network modernisation strategy and Integrated Tactical Network [ITN] is designed to enable ‘fighting tonight’, while seeking next-generation solutions to stay ahead of potential adversaries,” Dana Mehnert, the president of Harris Communication Systems, said in an announcement.

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[*] posted on 4-7-2019 at 09:40 PM


US Air Force seeks information on non-satcom beyond line-of-sight communications

Pat Host, Washington, DC - Jane's Defence Weekly

04 July 2019


High frequency radio is experiencing a renaissance as armed forces are rediscovering it as a fallback option should satcom be unavailable. Source: US Department of Defense

Key Points

- The US Air Force seeks information on beyond line-of-sight (BLOS) communication technologies that are not satellite communication (satcom)
- The Pentagon is concerned about how to communicate BLOS if satcom is unavailable in war

The US Air Force (USAF) seeks information from industry regarding non-satellite-based beyond line-of-sight (BLOS) communications.

The request for information (RFI), reissued on 1 July on the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website, specifically seeks technical information on the current state-of-the-art and the future development potential for non-satellite communications high frequency global communications system (HFGCS) (satcom) BLOS technologies such as tropospheric scatter (troposcatter), high frequency (HF), unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) relays, passive reflector systems, and others. Further, it seeks information about current and planned development initiatives, technology maturity, fabrication methods, availability, schedule, and cost of such materials for potential use in anticipated military applications.

The USAF is interested in systems that would provide the best redundancy to satcom systems in performance characteristics.

These systems may include well-known systems such as troposcatter and HF but also lesser-known systems including passive scatter systems such as aircraft and meteor burst scatter, or an entirely novel idea of achieving BLOS communications.

Troposcatter technology uses particles that make up the earth's atmosphere as a reflector for microwave radio signals. Those signals are aimed just above the horizon in the direction of a receiver station. As they pass through the troposphere, some of the energy is scattered back toward earth, allowing the receiver station to pick up the signal, according to Raytheon.

Responses are due by 29 July. In responses, the USAF wants to learn more about new technologies that would decrease maintenance cost fivefold, have a 50% increase in average time between failure, a 100% increase in part failure prediction accuracy, and a 25% increase in reuse.

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[*] posted on 11-7-2019 at 12:04 AM


UK fields upgraded Bowman

Tim Ripley, London - Jane's Defence Weekly

10 July 2019

New communications network applications and hardware have been successfully fielded to British Army and Royal Marines units on operations under the Bowman ComBAT Infrastructure P-BISA (BCIP) 5.6 project.


A Scots Guards sergeant with an infantry terminal introduced as part of the infrastructure element of BCIP 5.6. (British Army)

UK troops deployed in Poland under Operation 'Cabrit' and Royal Marines very high readiness units of 3 Commando Brigade have received the new applications and hardware for the Bowman communications system, according to a programme update by the British Army on 1 July seen by Jane's .

Units of 20 Armoured Infantry Brigade, which is leaving Germany this summer, as well as British Army training organisations in Canada and Kenya, have so far received the BCIP 5.6 upgrade to their radios and command systems. Over the next four months, British Army units in Estonia, Iraq, and Afghanistan will receive the new system, as will 16 Air Assault Brigade, Headquarters 3 (UK) Division, the Royal Air Force (RAF) Regiment Force Protection Wing, and 1 Armoured Infantry Brigade. Training units in the UK will also start to receive the system in September, including the Combined Arms Tactical Trainer (CATT) in Warminster in Wiltshire.

The update revealed that the Land System Reference Centre at Blanford in Dorset has carried out a trial this year to test interoperability with the French Système d'Information pour le Commandement des Forces (Forces Command Information System, SICF) ahead of the validation exercise for the UK-France Combined Joint Expeditionary Force in 2020.

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[*] posted on 19-7-2019 at 01:50 PM


US, Allies Getting Larger Airborne Network With New JTRS Radios

The software defined radios will make F/A-18E/F and F-22 aircraft communications nodes in a coalition network.

By Barry Rosenberg

on July 18, 2019 at 4:32 PM


An F-22 intercepts a Russian Tu-95 Bear.

WASHINGTON: Over the last decade, the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) program has experienced major restructuring and outright cancellations, but many elements are still going strong after a dozen years. Case in point is the airborne portion of JTRS, which has racked up $327 million in additional orders for use in Navy F/A-18E/F and Air Force F-22 aircraft, the DoD announced in two contract awards last night.

Data Link Solutions, a joint venture of BAE Systems and Collins Aerospace, was awarded $235.6 million to produce the most advanced version of the Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) JTRS radio, increasing its total contract value for MIDS JTRS radios to about $1.2 billion. ViaSat of Carlsbad, CA, was awarded a $90.8 million contract for the same radios, increasing its total contract value to $789 million.

The Naval Information Warfare System Command, formerly named SPAWAR, is the contracting authority. The Navy is the lead service on the JTRS program, which also includes the Air Force and Army.

The MIDS JTRS program of record is a four-channel radio that provides Link-16 and Tactical Air Navigation System (TACAN) capability, plus the ability to handle networking waveforms like the Soldier Radio Waveform and Wideband Networking Waveform, as well as future waveforms that meet the Joint Airborne Networking – Tactical Edge requirement. These waveforms are the heart of software-defined radios that can interoperate across handheld, vehicular, airborne, and maritime domains as nodes in a network for secure, wireless communications between U.S. forces and coalition partners.

The latest version of MIDS JTRS will have two new capabilities that will improve datalinkperformance: Link 16 four-channel Concurrent Multinetting with Concurrent Retention Receive (CMN-4), and Tactical Targeting Networking Technology (TTNT).

CMN-4 provides better digital receivers and buffering, as well as faster processors to allow aircraft to receive more Link 16 messages during periods of high message exchange demand.

TTNT will provide a larger throughput with lower latency, thereby enabling faster updates of precise information than Link 16. The Navy intends to use TTNT as one of the communications enablers for the Naval Integrated Fire Control – Counter Air capability, an electronic backbone that is being developed to tie together Navy and Army missile defense networks. The DoD says it needs 3,370 more MIDS JTRS radios with these capabilities.

Radios procured under these two contracts will go to both the Navy and Air Force, as well as to the governments of Austria, Chile, Finland, Israel, Jordan, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. It includes purchases to NATO nations under the Foreign Military Sales program.

The MIDS JTRS radios are replacing existing MIDS Low Volume Terminal (LVT) airborne radios, and have the same form factor.

MIDS LVT radios are the product of a cooperative development program among the Navy, Air Force, Army, and France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. They provide voice, TACAN and Link 16 capabilities to the F/A-18, but can’t host the new waveforms.
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[*] posted on 3-9-2019 at 09:25 AM


Domo Tactical Communications celebrates success trials in demonstrating its MANET Soldier Data Radio

Posted On Monday, 02 September 2019 13:37

Domo Tactical Communications (DTC), the wireless communications specialist, celebrates recent successes in trials demonstrating its SOL8SDR-H as a MANET Mesh Soldier Data Radio, proving compatibility with ATAK and other situational awareness applications.


MANET Mesh Soldier Data Radio (Picture source: DTC)

Sharing PLI, mapping data, voice, messaging and mission plans – and operating without the need for external infrastructure - gives users in the field a significant advantage. A well-informed warfighter can make better decisions to carry out their objective as efficiently as possible and without unnecessary risks.

The groundbreaking SOL8SDR-H Handheld Radio provides the possibility to operate in channel bandwidths down to 1.25MHz for extreme range performance at very low power making it the ideal choice for MANET Soldier Data Radios where reliability to communicate in the harshest of environments whilst maintaining LPI/LPD is imperative.

Truly software-defined and future-proofed, the SOL8SDR can host multiple waveforms as the mission evolves. In addition to MiMo and SiMo Mesh solutions, the SOL8SDR today can be a Unidirectional COFDM transmitter – including interoperable DVB-T modes – and a streaming COFDM receiver ideal for Remote Video Terminal (RVT) applications.

The SOL8SDR-H is designed to meet the requirements of applications where robust encrypted, mobile communication links are needed to provide enhanced situational awareness in the absence of fixed infrastructure. Targeting first responders, security and military personnel, the SDR-H utilises the DTC COFDM waveforms to provide High Bandwidth data in challenging, dynamic, Non-Line of Site (NLOS) environments where our users operate. It combines a familiar "Soldier Radio" physical form factor, robust construction and simplified user interface with the ability to use industry-standard battery packs, chargers and webbing pouches.
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[*] posted on 9-9-2019 at 05:36 PM


This Small Mesh Networking Device from goTenna Could Unblock Signal-Denied Warfare Environments

By Stephen W. Miller



"The goTenna Pro-X is ideally suited for providing situational awareness and simple text communication to the individual combat soldier. It links to other devices within the squad or team even off grid."

When a squad or small team enters an area with poor communications, their situational awareness and safety becomes subject to a cell or satellite signal that may be unreliable or even nonexistent.

As US Marine Corps Maj. General Mark Wise, Assistant Deputy Commandant, Combat Development and Integration (CD&I), recently observed at an Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) briefing in July, “Mesh networks hold real potential in addressing the challenge of operating in a signal-denied environment.”

A low cost, lightweight mesh networking device from goTenna is becoming the likely solution for this challenge. The goTenna Pro X unit is a 79 gram radio transmitter/receiver that pairs via USB or Bluetooth connection to an end user’s iOS or Android device.

Within an ad hoc network of two or more (but typically around 20) units, goTenna’s mesh protocols support the exchange of near real-time position data, text-based messaging, and map markings in situational awareness applications such as ATAK, LifeRing, fiResponse, and goTenna’s own Pro application.

Staying on ATAK without connection to a centralized network
ATAK — the mobile app that’s quickly becoming the de facto blue force tracking system for the U.S. and other countries — requires a constant network connection that can be difficult or expensive to provide in off-grid environments. With goTenna, teams can now extend the app’s valuable location and communications capabilities beyond its expected reach.

Starting at $849 per unit, goTenna Pro X supports key ATAK features, including position location, chat, point sharing and routing with standard 2525B symbols, mission packs, as well as 9-line requests.

“Anyone with a smartphone or tablet can quickly connect to the goTenna network and become a node on ATAK,” said James Schueren, Vice President Institutional Business Development & Sales at goTenna. “This allows for rapid deployment to each individual soldier, but more importantly, a server backhaul to a variety of other networks for command and control.”

For teams fully off the grid, goTenna offers a Deployment Kit, which securely stores, charges, and transports up to 30 units in a ruggedized case and also acts an application server for radio frequency reprogramming and ATAK downloads.


The goTenna Deployment Kit provides a portable weather tight hard case that will carry and recharge up to 30 Pro-X as well as providing for frequency reprograming and app download.

Interoperability at a low cost

To date, the goTenna Pro X tactical communication system has been fielded and is in use by special and conventional military forces in the U.S., as well as smaller deployments with other countries. Law enforcement and emergency management agencies in the U.S. are also deploying the devices in their operations. For a fraction of the cost, many teams are gaining access to real-time operator information without increasing training or deployment efforts.

“For years, the communications market has been pushing for increased bandwidth that demands a heavier radio, with bigger batteries, more complexity, and a high cost,” said Schueren. “In a signal-denied warfare environment, we’re learning that the size, weight, and power impacts for those kinds of radios aren’t always the best fit for each individual dismounted soldier — let alone a multi-force mission.”


“The compactness, low weight and narrow form of the Pro-X allows it to be easily carried and used the individual.”

goTenna Pro X devices can be programmed on separate frequencies, permitting different teams to operate and transmit encrypted data without interference.

Exploring long-range possibilities

While goTenna reports a nominal network range of approximately 4km point to point, their mesh protocols allow for up to 6 hops across devices, thus considerably expanding their potential coverage area.

A team deployed inside a building or tunnel could also use individual Pro X units as standalone repeaters relaying transmission between the clearing team inside and those outside. This technology has also been tested as a complement for remote sensors and as a payload for small unmanned aerial systems.

With a compact form factor, proven adaptability, and an approachable price point, goTenna’s mesh networking device is an ideal communications solution to the challenges small tactical teams face in off-grid and signal-denied warfare environments.
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[*] posted on 11-9-2019 at 11:26 AM


Collins Aerospace Tackles Military Communication Challenges with New Wideband HF Communication System

(Source: Collins Aerospace Systems; issued Sept 10, 2019)


New wideband High Frequency (HF) communications system. (Picture source Collins Aerospace Systems)

LONDON --– Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., has launched a new wideband High Frequency (HF) communications system that delivers reliable, high-speed data and clear digital voice beyond line of sight communications without needing satellites. Called Universal Radio Group (URG)-IV, the new portable ground station is being showcased for the first time at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) trade show in London on Sept. 10-13.

URG-IV features the latest 4G Automatic Link Establishment (ALE) technology, which automatically determines the optimal bandwidth for transmission and links much faster than legacy HF equipment. This makes it a more reliable and easier to use HF communications platform. Beyond clear voice communications, the URG-IV’s wideband HF capabilities also enable users to transmit images and use real-time chat functionality.

“The URG-IV provides an ideal alternative for communications in areas where warfighters are facing SATCOM denied and jammed environments,” said Troy Brunk, vice president and general manager, Communication, Navigation and Guidance Solutions for Collins Aerospace. “Modernized HF is an integral component of a communication system’s PACE (Primary, Alternate, Contingency, Emergency) plan and helps maintain situational awareness on the battlefield.”

The URG-IV HF communications system is made up of the new RT-2200A wideband HF radio, the new PA-2010 power amplifier and ancillaries housed together in a moveable package. Combining the radio, power supplies and amplifiers provides beneficial redundancy and protection against failures, adding to the reliability of wideband HF communications. The URG-IV is a modernized version of the company’s URG-III HF communications system, which has provided customers reliable and quality communications for decades.

Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Created in 2018 by bringing together UTC Aerospace Systems and Rockwell Collins, Collins Aerospace has the capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and expertise to solve customers’ toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market.

United Technologies Corp., based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries. By combining a passion for science with precision engineering, the company is creating smart, sustainable solutions the world needs.

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[*] posted on 12-9-2019 at 11:23 AM


L3Harris Technologies will deliver Falcon manpack and tactical radios to two European nations

Posted On Wednesday, 11 September 2019 21:53

L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX) has been awarded contracts from two European nations totaling more than $100 million for Falcon manpack and handheld tactical radios. Deliveries of the AN/PRC-158, AN/PRC-160, AN/PRC-152A and AN/PRC-117G radios are underway, with completion expected in 2020.


L3Harris Falcon II® AN/PRC-150(C) High Frequency Manpack Radio. (Picture source L3Harris)

The L3Harris AN/PRC-158 multi-channel manpack radio features a two-channel, software-defined architecture with integrated cross-banding between waveforms – providing new advanced capabilities while maintaining backward interoperability with legacy radios. The AN/PRC-160 is a stand-alone solution that provides data speeds up to 10 times greater than other existing high frequency radios. The AN/PRC-152A is a wideband networking handheld radio that provides simultaneous voice, video and data in a small form-factor, with ad-hoc capabilities. The AN/PRC-117G manpack is software defined, easily upgradeable with new waveforms such as MUOS, and is also NINE Suite B encrypted – allowing users to securely and easily interoperate with U.S., NATO and regional partners.

“Success in coalition operations depends on strong coalition partners and robust information sharing, from mission information down to voice communications,” said Keith Norton, Vice President, L3Harris Communication Systems. “These proven L3Harris radios are part of a series of overlapping European modernization programs to deliver advanced narrowband and wideband networking capabilities with greater interoperability for U.S. and other NATO allies during coalition operations.”
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[*] posted on 19-9-2019 at 11:30 AM


Inauguration of the Production Line of the CONTACT Software-Defined Radios Which Will Soon Equip the Forces

(Source: French defence procurement agency, DGA; issued Sept. 18, 2019)

(Unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com)

PARIS --- Joël Barre, Delegate-General for Armaments, inaugurated in Cholet on September 17, 2019 the production line of CONTACT software-defined radios, in the presence of Lt. Gen. Bernard Barrera, Adjutant-General of the Army, and of Patrice Caine, Chairman and CEO of Thales.

8400 CONTACT radio stations are planned to be delivered to the French military during the 2019-2025 military planning law, most of them to the Army.

Awarded in 2012 to Thales by the Directorate-General for Armament as a contracting authority, the CONTACT contract aims to equip the forces with a high-speed, secure tactical radio communication system, based on radio equipment tailored to the specific needs of the various operational uses (infantrymen, vehicles, aircraft, ships). Unlike conventional networks, CONTACT does not use a fixed communication infrastructure, each radio being able to automatically relay information within a resilient network.

A true nervous system of future tactical exchanges, CONTACT will answer, for all the environments, the challenges of global connectivity with an open, secure and robust network. CONTACT will move from the era of command to voice to that of digital and broadband communications. It will be at the heart of the connectivity of land forces with Scorpion and Tigre, and air forces with Rafale, MRTT, Guépard and many others.

Being already interoperable with standardized radio protocols and based on an open radio architecture, CONTACT will also make decisive improvements in joint and combined deployments, notably thanks to the future European ESSOR standard.

CONTACT radios were designed in France by Thales, which has plants in Gennevilliers, Cholet and Brive. The development of the software radio range today represents a workload that supports 300 jobs at the Cholet site.

For the production of the CONTACT positions, Thales relies on a supply chain of more than 900 SMEs / ETI.

CONTACT radio systems will replace PR4G radios that have been a technical and commercial success, with 150,000 radios exported to 43 countries. CONTACT radios have already been sold to Belgium as part of the CaMo government partnership to equip the Belgian army.

The technical qualification by the DGA of the CONTACT radio system is scheduled for the end of 2019.

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Domo Tactical Communications launches new IP mesh waveform

Giles Ebbutt, London - Jane's International Defence Review

22 September 2019


The Domo Tactical Communications SOL8SDR-C MiMo mesh radio module can host the new MeshUltra waveform and is claimed to be the world’s smallest MiMo mesh radio. Source: Giles Ebbutt

Domo Tactical Communications (DTC) has developed a new waveform called the MeshUltra wireless tactical IP mesh waveform, which it showcased at DSEI 2019 in London in September with an eye on addressing dismounted soldier communications.

DTC product director Rob Garth told Jane's that UltraMesh, which had been tested extensively, is designed for mobile ad hoc networking (MANET) and military robotic applications and brings together several new mesh features.

For example, the number of mesh nodes has been increased from 20 to a minimum of 64. However, he said that the number of supported mesh nodes was increasing and was confident that DTC could meet the requirement for 120 nodes that the British Army was looking for in its Dismounted Situational Awareness programme.

The available data rates is being increased, with a 20 MHz bandwidth mesh node available that provides a throughput of up to 87 Mbps. Garth said an important development was the availability of different operating bandwidths, ranging from 1.25 MHz up to the full 20 MHz, adding that the narrower bandwidths offer greater sensitivity and range for applications that do not require high data rates.

Garth also noted that there had recently been increased interest in mesh networking for dismounted soldier application, pointing out that this mainly required the passing of situational awareness information rather than video and that the narrower channels were ideally suited for this. This reduces power consumption and therefore lowers the probability of detection, intercept and exploitation (LPD/LPI/LPE). It also provides longer battery life, lower weight, and less heat, he added.

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Production Begins on the Military Radio of the Future

(Source: Thales; issued Sept 24, 2019)

On September 17 in Cholet, Thales inaugurated a state-of-the art CONTACT radio production facility In the presence of Patrice Caine, Marc Darmon, EVP Thales, Bernard Barrera, Lieutenant General of the French army, and Joël Barre, Chief Executive of the DGA (French defence procurement agency). The inauguration of this production line is the culmination of six years of development following the award of the tactical radio contract by the DGA in 2012.

The CONTACT programme includes the development, production and support of secure military radio communications systems for the French armed forces. Over the duration of the contract it will include the fabrication of 25,000 radio posts and 10 years of support.

With CONTACT, Thales is taking a decisive technological step for connected collaborative combat. This programme, unique in Europe, brings a real system dimension with the networking of combat platforms, sensors and effectors.

The tactical aspect of the programme plays a key role in the SCORPION collaborative combat system, thanks to real-time and high-speed communications between sensors and effectors integrated in the vetronic systems and information systems in the Griffon multi-role armoured vehicle and and Jaguar Armored Reconnaissance and Combat Vehicle. The aerial component provides aero connectivity, particularly in the context of the Rafale F4 and more generally in the Future Air Combat System.

To meet the demands of this large-scale high-tech programme as well as future export needs, Thales has invested in the development of a Factory 4.0 facility in Cholet.

The facility will produce 100 radios each month, at roughly a rate of one piece of equipment every two hours. Production for the aeronautical aspects of the programme will be assured at a later date on the Group’s site in Brive. The programme implicates today around 1000 people across the SIX GBU, and is a generator of employment. The Group is currently recruiting around 100 new collaborators to work on the programme.

On September 17, the Group’s senior management and representatives from the programme procurement agency and the end client, were joined at the ceremony to mark the start of production of this new facility by Jean-Pascal Laporte, Director of the Industrial Competence Centre in Cholet, Laurent Morin, Director of the CONTACT Programme at Thales, and Hervé Derrey, SVP COO SIX.

Following the introductory presentations and traditional ribbon cutting ceremony, the invited guests and journalists were given a tour of the new facility where they also had the opportunity to meet some of the people working on the production of the CONTACT radio systems.

"Opening a military radio production line only happens every 20 years," said Patrice Caine

The CONTACT programme and future tactical radio

The CONTACT programme involves the design and production of 'revolutionary' new radio sets, equipment and systems. This equipment will allow the immediate transmission of information in all its forms (voice, video, chat, broadband data ...) to all soldiers in a theater of operations, cutting drastically the time needed to plan missions and take decisions.

Beyond CONTACT in France itself, the challenge of this unique programme is to renew the Group's product portfolio in the field of collaborative tactical, aeronautical and naval software radio. This new solution is marketed worldwide as SYNAPS.

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[*] posted on 26-9-2019 at 01:27 PM


Barrett PRC-4090 Generates Interest at DSEI

At DSEI 2019 in London earlier this month, Australian communications specialist Barrett Communications generated significant interest in its PRC-4090, the company told MON.

The Barrett PRC-4090 is the tactical HF software-defined radio (SDR), which is the lightest military grade HF transceiver on the market at only 2.95kg, with multiple battery options offering gross operational weight from 3.95kg to 5.0kg. It is a multi-configured system offering manpack, mobile and base station configurations, with selectable power outputs of 10, 30, 125 and 150 Watts.

“The PRC-4090 is the most advanced fully software-defined transceiver and remains true to the Barrett ethos of designing transceivers that provide intuitive ease of use. The software-designed architecture enables a multi-language touch screen software interface with English, French, Spanish, Arabic and Russian as standard. We believe it offers the market an exciting new HF range and an innovative operator experience,” explained company CEO, Andrew Burt.

The unique design of the control handset incorporates a toughened 24-bit colour LCD touchscreen display and button control, customisable for use in various ambient light conditions. The transceiver can also be operated with the standard H250 handsets and tactical headsets.

Extended operation time with low RX current consumption is also an improved feature of the PRC-4090 transceiver: with current consumption of 250MA, it operates in RX only mode for up to 64 hours and RX/TX at 90/10 duty cycle for up to 21 hours.


The PRC-4090 brings accustomed Barrett innovation to fresh potential raft of applications. (Photo: Barrett Communications)

Published: 24 September 2019
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[*] posted on 17-10-2019 at 09:13 PM


AUSA 2019: L3Harris delivers new handheld combat radio to USSOCOM

Carlo Munoz, Washington, DC - Jane's International Defence Review

16 October 2019

L3Harris has begun low-rate initial production (LRIP) deliveries of the AN/PRC-163 two-channel handheld combat radio to US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), with company officials anticipating deliveries of full production models to begin within months.

“We have delivered a number of [LRIP] units there and we are about to transition into full rate production, after successful testing” of the LRIP units, Dana Mehnert, president of communication systems at L3Harris, said. The company is the sole source provider to USSOCOM for the two-channel handheld radio. He declined to comment on the specific number of LRIP radios delivered to command officials. “It is a significant number,” Mehnert told Jane’s on 14 October.

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AUSA 19: L3Harris reveals HalcyonLink interference cancellation solution

Giles Ebbutt, Washington, DC - Jane's International Defence Review

18 October 2019

L3Harris has developed a device designed to mitigate the effect of co-site interference between communications devices and electronic warfare (EW) equipment, and revealed it at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) annual meeting in Washington, DC, in October.

HalcyonLink restores communications that would otherwise be blocked by an EW system, such as a counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) system operating from the same platform as a tactical radio. An L3Harris representative told Jane's that it had been developed for the US Army under the Interference Cancellation - Light (IC-Light) programme.

The system uses L3Harris's Advanced Interference Mitigation System, which works by sampling the outgoing interfering radio frequency (RF) signal and creating a mirror image of it with the same characteristics, such as phase and amplitude.

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