US Navy places delivery order to procure RF transceivers from Azure

8 October 2018 (Last Updated October 8th, 2018 09:58)

Azure Summit Technology has secured a second delivery order for the supply of new radio frequency (RF) transceivers to the US Navy.

US Navy places delivery order to procure RF transceivers from Azure
A US Navy submarine. Credit: US Navy, by Brian Nokell (Released).

Azure Summit Technology has secured a second delivery order for the supply of new radio frequency (RF) transceivers to the US Navy.

Valued at more than $5m, the order is part of the company’s five-year, $48.5m indefinite delivery / indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract with the US Navy.

Delivery of the new RF transceivers will help support the navy’s AN/ZLQ-1 V2 Common Chassis for the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA), Persistent Maritime Unmanned Aircraft Systems (PMUAS), and Submarine Sensor Systems programmes.

Under the delivery order, the US Navy intends to purchase four, five and eight-channel radio frequency (RF) transceivers and 16×12 fully non-blocking RF Switch Matrices for systems deployed on submarines, manned aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

“This delivery order further illustrates the increasing importance of Switchblade-based solutions in enabling critical mission capabilities for a growing list of US Navy platforms.”

Azure Summit Technology chief executive officer Dr Thomas Green said: “Azure’s Switchblade transceivers provide modular, open-architecture, cutting-edge RF performance with substantial reductions in cost and size, weight and power (SWaP) compared with alternative approaches.

“This delivery order further illustrates the increasing importance of Switchblade-based solutions in enabling critical mission capabilities for a growing list of US Navy platforms.”

The acquisition of the new suite of equipment will enable the US Navy to support its wide range of missions carried out across the world.

Azure Summit Technology develops and delivers RF hardware, firmware and software products, and new practical, multi-function RF systems solutions for customers across the US Department of Defense. The company has production sites in Fairfax, Virginia, and Melbourne, Florida.