Military Embedded Systems

Micro IFF transponder for drones receives DoD AIMS certification


February 09, 2021

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

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WHITE SALMON, Wash. Sagetech Avionics, an aerospace technology company specializing in situational awareness solutions for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), announced that the Department of Defense (DoD) AIMS Program Office issued the world's first 17-1000 Mark XIIB certification to Sagetech for its MX12B micro Mode 5 Identify Friend or Foe (IFF) transponder.

According to the company, this newly certified transponder is designed to enable NATO and allied militaries to deploy Mode 5 IFF capability on small drones, protecting the warfighter against rapidly increasing unmanned threats from enemy forces.

Sagetech has performed live demonstrations of the MX12B interoperating with multiple crypto computers at the U.S. Navy IMPAX 2020 event, for the U.S Army, and for major OEM military UAS customers.

The company also claims that the new MX12B is the world's smallest certified Mode 5 IFF transponder, intended to deliver 100% of the Mode 5 functionality from a package that is 93% smaller than traditional certified transponders. Features include native antenna diversity for full visibility by space-based and ground-based ADS-B systems, flexible I/O, included command and control software, and ADS-B in situational awareness data visualization software available.


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