Military Embedded Systems

ARC-210 airborne radio demonstrates MUOS satellite signal reception in Rockwell Collins tests


July 08, 2013

John McHale

Editorial Director

Military Embedded Systems

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA. The ARC-210 advanced networking airborne V/UHF radio from Rockwell Collins received its first Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite signal during a series of tests held at the company's Poway, CA, facility.

“The addition of MUOS functionality into the ARC-210 will bring a tenfold increase in SATCOM data throughput over today’s system” -- providing the warfighter with more immediate and comprehensive information, says Mike Jones, Rockwell Collins vice president and general manager of Communication and Navigation Products.

MUOS is a narrowband Military Satellite Communications (MILSATCOM) system which supports a worldwide, multiservice population of mobile and fixed-site terminal users operating in the Ultra High Frequency (UHF) band. It is slated as a replacement for legacy SATCOM systems and brings increased communications capabilities, sets a new Quality of Service performance level for satellite communications and delivers greater overall capacity while still older legacy UHF SATCOM terminals and services.

The ARC-210 underwent a series of tests, completing with receiving and displaying MUOS satellite Pilot Channel Information from the MUOS-1 Satellite and the completion of the MUOS Cell Search function. This testing -- with previously demonstrated completion of all MUOS call types -- marked the completion of all requirements for the ARC-210's entry into the government MUOS integration labs for preparation for over-the-air operation.

The ARC-210 radio currently has Demand Assigned Multiple Access (DAMA) and Integrated Waveform (IW) satellite communications capabilities. With the addition of the MUOS waveform, the Rockwell Collins radio will deliver all Department of Defense UHF SATCOM capabilities.


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