FORT WAYNE, Indiana, the United States (BulgarianMilitary.com) – On 14th February 2019 Raytheon announced its newly signed $406 million Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract awarded by the U.S. Army for ARC-231A radio systems, learned BulgarianMilitary.com
The contract is signed for five years and covers provision of upgrades, production and support for up to 5,000 radios.
The ARC-231A is software-defined, so it allows rapid upgrades without the need of removing the radio from its platform. The latest variant of the system has recently gained NSA Type 1 certification and provides secure, classified communications on the battlefield.
Barbara Borgonovi, VP of Raytheon Integrated Communication Systems, explained, “These radios are the backbone of rotary-wing communications. The ARC-231A enables U.S. forces to maintain the edge in secure communications, whether they’re flying in contested or congested environments.”
Various platforms of the U.S. Army, including UH-72 Lakota utility helicopter, the UH-60 Black Hawk, and the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, will be equipped with these types of radios.
The ARC-231 Skyfire is a software-definable radio for military purposes. It provides two-way, multi-mode voice and data communications over a 30 Hz to 512 MHz frequency range and covers both line-of-sight Ultra High Frequency (UHF) and Very High Frequency (VHF) bands with AM, FM and SATCOM capabilities, including Integrated Waveform (IW). The ARC-231 radio also features embedded anti-jam waveforms, including Havequick and SINCGARS, and other data link and secure communications features, providing battlefield interoperability. The radios use the MIL-STD-1553 data bus.
The manufactured by Raytheon ARC-231s installed in helicopters and some fixed-wing aircraft for the needs of all U.S. military services. Remote controls, transmit power amplifiers, SATCOM preamplifiers, as well as ground support equipment are among the available accessories.
Raytheon is company with a history of 96 years headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. It is a technology and innovation leader offering products and services for the needs of the defence sector, as well as civil government and cybersecurity solutions for customers in more than 80 countries. The company features $25 billion sales and 64,000 employees for 2017.
Thanks to its experience, commercial best practices, and advanced technology Raytheon is capable of identifying and mitigating threats to systems, networks and equipment for various global commercial and government organizations.
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Source: Raytheon, Wikipedia