A U.S. Air Force (USAF) F-16 will be the first to be equipped with Rockwell Collins’ next-generation ARC-210 RT-2036(C) networked communications airborne radio.
AN/ARC-210 RT-2036(C) is a single-channel software defined radio (SDR) featuring multiple waveforms, high-speed mobile ad hoc networked communications and beyond-line-of-sight connectivity for data, voice and imagery.
It is the first ever airborne radio to include Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) and support Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW) capabilities.
The radio system is a part of Rockwell Collins’ TruNet family of products that ensures secure connectivity between ground and airborne units and complements the recently released PRC-162 two-channel manpack radio. Integrating the latest line of sight and networking waveforms, the radio provides connectivity for data, voice and imagery for both manned and unmanned applications.
The ARC-210 RT-2036(C) expands on a long tradition of highly reliable, secure communication capabilities and upon final certification from the National Security Agency (NSA), will begin deployment to warfighter platforms.
“We heard, understood and are delivering the new communications capabilities being called for on the modern battlefield,” said Troy Brunk, vice president and general manager, Communication, Navigation and Electronic Warfare Solutions for Rockwell Collins. “Users of the ARC-210 radio will benefit from the latest in secure communications technology, gaining a tactical advantage over the enemy.”
As the sixth-generation solution, the RT-2036(C) joins more than 45,000 highly reliable ARC-210 radios that are currently fielded across the globe.