Rockwell Collins’ ARC-210 airborne radio passes DoD MUOS test

16 February 2018 (Last Updated February 16th, 2018 12:00)

Rockwell Collins' ARC-210 RT-2036(C) radio has met the US Department of Defense's (DoD) military security requirements for operation.

Rockwell Collins’ ARC-210 airborne radio passes DoD MUOS test
Artist rendering of Rockwell Collins’ ARC-210 RT-2036(C) airborne radio. Credit: Lockheed Martin.

Rockwell Collins’ ARC-210 RT-2036(C) radio has met the US Department of Defense’s (DoD) military security requirements for operation.

The airborne very / ultra high frequency (V / UHF) radio has successfully passed a ‘Do No Harm’ (DNH) test, which was carried out by the US Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) for the DoD’s new mobile user objective system (MUOS).

Rockwell’s sixth-generation ARC-210 is currently the first airborne radio to have successfully concluded testing using the most current MUOS waveform.

"The benefits of MUOS, which include improved mobility, frequency capacity, access and signal quality, will provide the communications our warfighters need for continued success in the future."

Rockwell Collins Communication, Navigation and Electronic Warfare Solutions vice-president and general manager Troy Brunk said: “We’re at the forefront of this new technology and one step closer to bringing certified MUOS capability to airborne operations.

“The benefits of MUOS, which include improved mobility, frequency capacity, access and signal quality, will provide the communications our warfighters need for continued success in the future.”

MUOS is the next-generation satellite communications (SATCOM) system used for air and ground communications.

It operates in the UHF band and is intended to deliver enhanced overall capacity and signal quality.

The DoD system is capable of providing access to any combination of voice, data or video, and offer better communications capabilities to the troops compared to the traditional systems, primarily within rough terrain and beyond line-of-sight (BLOS) situations.

Rockwell Collins carried out initial flight testing of the ARC-210 MUOS in 2013.

The radio system is currently slated to be made operational this year.