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U.S. Navy Sails with Collins Radios

Sept. 20, 2021
More than 8000 AN/ARC-210(v) airborne radios will be installed in over 400 defense and government platforms as the result of a recent U.S. Naval ID/IQ contract.

The U.S. Navy ordered more than 8000 AN/ARC-210(v) airborne radios from Collins Aerospace via a recent $294 million contract. The versatile software-defined radios (SDRs) operate across military VHF bands from 30 to 174 MHz, military UHF bands from 225 to 512 MHz, and UHF homeland security and public safety bands from 806 to 941 MHz. Channel bandwidths can be set for 5, 8, 12.5, 25, and 33 MHz as well as for software-defined channel bandwidths. The VHF/UHF SDRs are compatible with amplitude-modulated (AM), frequency-modulated (FM), and satellite-communications (satcom) waveforms.

The SDRs can be modified in the field by means of programming with the firm’s Memory Loader/Verifier software. They are capable of line-of-sight (LOS) data transfer rates to 80 kb/s and feature integrated anti-jamming capabilities for security. The radios communication with other avionics electronic systems using the MIL-STD-1553 data bus (see the figure).

Collins Aerospace, which is part of Raytheon Technologies Corp. will manufacture the receiver/transmitter (RT) radios in Cedar Rapids, IA, which work expected to conclude on the contract in September 2024. The work is being performed as part of a modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) contract (number N0042118D0004).  The contract covers 8,085 AN/ARC-210(v) radios for over 400 strategic and tactical airborne, seaborne, and land-based fixed and mobile platforms for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and other government agencies. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, MD, is the contracting activity.

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Jack Browne | Technical Contributor

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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