Canada Strengthens Airborne Communications

Nov. 16, 2016
A fleet of Canadian tactical aircraft has been updated with high-speed satcom modems.
The Canadian Department of National Defense (DND) will be enhancing communications capabilities onboard its fleet of CP-140 Aurora long-range patrol aircraft by way of several of its equipment suppliers. The MDM9000 satellite modem, designed and manufactured by Newtec, has been selected by General Dynamics Mission Systems-Canada for use on the Canadian Aurora fleet as part of its Aurora Incremental Modernization Project Block IV upgrades.

The CP-140 Aurora aircraft are used over land and sea for a wide range of applications, including intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and search-and-rescue (SAR) missions. The fleet, which helps patrol Canada and North America, will be improved through the addition of the  MDM9000 ruggedized airborne modems, which are capable of high-data-rate (HDR) and beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) communications between an aircraft and the DND ground network using DVB-S2X and S2 waveforms.

The modems are compliant with DO-160 and MIL-STD-810E standards and will contribute to superior communications capabilities on Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) satellite constellations. They operate at L-band transmit and receive frequencies and can achieve rates to 133 Mbaud. An airborne MDM9000 modem communications with a similar unit on the ground.

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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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