The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded a contract to Rockwell Collins for the delivery of its mobile user objective system (MUOS) capable airborne radios and ancillaries.

Valued at $82.6m, the five-year agreement is the first long-term contract awarded to the company through the US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR).

Under the deal, the sixth-generation ARC-210 RT-2036(C) airborne radios will be provided by Rockwell Collins for use on different DoD platforms, including fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, navy vessels and ground installations.

The indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract involves a base award for one year with four option years to follow.

The agreement also includes delivery of fifth-generation ARC-210 airborne radios and ancillaries, in addition to related data and services.

“This is the next big step in arming warfighters with next-generation communications capabilities.”

Rockwell Collins communication, navigation and electronic warfare solutions vice-president and general manager Troy Brunk said: “This is the next big step in arming warfighters with next-generation communications capabilities, including those available through MUOS, which brings greater overall capacity and signal quality for high-reliability when it’s needed most.”

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The ARC-210 RT-2036(C) radio can use the MUOS network to deliver worldwide, crystal-clear voice, video and mission data over a secure high-speed internet protocol (IP) based system to the military forces.

The sixth-generation system features a single-channel software-defined radio architecture that enables multiple legacy and advanced waveforms, high-speed mobile ad hoc networking and beyond-line-of-sight connectivity capabilities.

The ARC-210 RT-2036(C) solution will join the more than 45,000 ARC-210 airborne radios currently used worldwide and installed on more than 180 platforms.