Rockwell Collins to mitigate interference from ocean wave action in Navy AN/ARC-210 airborne radio
PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md. – U.S. Navy airborne radio communications experts needed the ability for low-flying aircraft to receive and network data amid radio interference caused by ocean wave action. They found their solution from Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Officials of the Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., announced their intention Tuesday to contract with Rockwell Collins to enable the company's AN/ARC-210 airborne radio's Ethernet interface to accept data for transport over line-of-sight UHF radio signals in a sea-scattering multipath environment.
Breaking ocean waves can scatter and otherwise interfere with the radio signals of low-flying aircraft. This can complicate the ability of Navy fixed-wing planes and helicopters to send and receive important voice and data communications while flying near the ocean's surface.
The Navy Rockwell Collins AN/ARC-210 airborne radio has Ethernet I/O functionality to send and receive data to and from on-board networked displays, communications, weapons, and other systems. The RF interference from breaking ocean waves can impede on-board communications and networking.
The value of the upcoming Navy contract to Rockwell Collins to improve the AN/ARC-210 radio's ability to communicate and network in the presence of wave-induced RF interference has yet to be negotiated.
The upcoming contract will have options to include beyond-line-of-site 25 kHz dedicated, demand-assigned multiple access (DAMA), and integrated waveform (IW) communications in AN/ARC-210 radio capabilities.
Additional information about this upcoming Navy contract to Rockwell Collins is online at https://www.fbo.gov/spg/DON/NAVAIR/N00421/N00019-19-RFPREQ-PMA-209-0007/listing.html.
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