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ORION tactical radio

Army Awards Ultra for Tactical Radio Systems

Jan. 7, 2020
The U.S. Army is adding ORION SDRs from Ultra Electronics as part of its TRILOS radio program.

The U.S. Army has awarded a delivery order valued at $29.8 million to Ultra Electronics for the latter’s ORION Radio Systems. The order, which is part of the $500 million indefinite award/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract awarded to Ultra Electronics earlier in 2019, will be predominantly fulfilled throughout 2020. The ORION tactical radios will be used in support of the Army’s terrestrial transmission line-of-sight (TRILOS) radio program. The ORION radios are software-defined-radio (SDR) systems which provide flexibility in the field through programmable performance functions and characteristics, such as operating frequency and bandwidth.

Iwan Jemczyk, president of Ultra Electronics TCS, commented: “The ORION radio system is a transformational tactical communications technology and a key component of the U.S. Army’s Network Modernization strategy. We are pleased to be a valued team member and will continue to support the U.S. DOD’s objectives for resilient, easy-to-use, high-performance communications systems.” The multiple-band, multiple-channel ORION radios employ multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) antenna techniques to create directional signal beams for increased operating range at higher frequencies (like antenna techniques used in 5G commercial cellular wireless communications networks). The advanced ORION radios make possible a unified heterogeneous wireless network (HETNET) capable of supporting a diversity of user requirements and resilient network operations in contested and congested environments.

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Jack Browne, Technical Contributor, has worked in technical publishing for over 30 years. He managed the content and production of three technical journals while at the American Institute of Physics, including Medical Physics and the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. He has been a Publisher and Editor for Penton Media, started the firm’s Wireless Symposium & Exhibition trade show in 1993, and currently serves as Technical Contributor for that company's Microwaves & RF magazine. Browne, who holds a BS in Mathematics from City College of New York and BA degrees in English and Philosophy from Fordham University, is a member of the IEEE.

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