Navy orders AN/ARC-210 avionics radio communications components from Raytheon's Collins Aerospace

Aug. 18, 2022
The AN/ARC-210 aircraft radio from Collins Aerospace provides two-way, multi-mode voice and data communications over frequencies from 30 to 512 MHz.

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md. – U.S. military radio communications experts needed components for AN/ARC-210 avionics radios across several military radio systems. They found their solution from Collins Aerospace, a Raytheon Technologies company in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Officials of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., announced a $9 million order to Collins on Monday for several pieces of AN/ARC-210 radio equipment.

The AN/ARC-210 Gen V programmable digital aircraft radio from Collins Aerospace provides two-way, multi-mode voice and data communications over frequencies from 30 to 512 MHz, covering UHF and VHF bands with AM, FM, and satellite communications capabilities.

The Navy is ordering 105 MT-4935 mounting bases; 95 MX-12366 low noise amplifier triplexers; 95 AM-7642 high power amplifiers; 34 C-12561B control, radio sets; 20 Gen 6 reprogramming kits; and three additional training courses in support of multiple platforms across the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and U.S. allies.

Related: Navy orders more than 8,000 AN/ARC-210(v) avionics radios from Collins Aerospace for aviation communications

The ARC-210 radio also includes embedded anti-jam waveforms, including Have Quick and SINCGARS, and other data link and secure communications features for battlefield interoperability and transfer of data, voice, and imagery. The radios communicate with other avionics over a MIL-STD-1553 data bus.

The ARC-210 aircraft radio provides VHF close air support radio communications on 30-88 MHz frequencies; navigation on 108-118 MHz; air traffic control on 118-137 MHz; land mobile communications on 137-156 MHz; and maritime communications on 156-174 MHz. The radios also provide aircraft with UHF military and homeland defense communications on 225-512 MHz frequencies; and public-safety communications on 806-824, 851-869, 869-902, and 935-941 frequencies.

The AN/ARC-210 Gen V programmable digital communication system conforms to software-defined radio (SDR) tenets and architectures, and transfers networked or point-to-point data, voice, and imagery.

Related: Collins Aerospace to provide secure radio communications cryptography for AN/ARC-210 aircraft radios

Collins Aerospace engineers also have added a connector in the back of the radio to allow an Ethernet input for network-centric warfare. Collins Aerospace has supplied more than 30,000 AN/ARC-210 radios worldwide on more than 180 different kinds of aircraft for multiband, multimode communications.

The ARC-210 also provides embedded, programmable information security per the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) Cryptographic Modernization Initiative.

On this week's order Collins Aerospace will do the work in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and should be finished by September 2024. For more information contact Collins Aerospace online at

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