Military Embedded Systems

ARC-210 from Rockwell Collins first airborne radio to operate on MUOS


October 06, 2014

John McHale

Editorial Director

Military Embedded Systems

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Oct. 1, 2014) – The ARC-210 radio from Rockwell Collins is the first airborne radio to operate over the Department of Defense (DoD) Mobile User Objective System (MUOS), which is is based on cellular phone technology.

U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) personnel conducted two weeks of MUOS ground and airborne testing, during which the ARC-210 was deployed in a ground environment for system operational tests that consisted of conducting Over the Air Provisioning of the radios and passing of IP data.

During the second week of testing, airborne MUOS operations were run from a system installed in a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft to a communications base station at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Air Force Base located near Tacoma, Wash. Testing also included both voice and data operations. The Rockwell Collins team also completed interoperability testing with the government’s ground MUOS radio, the AN/PRC-155.

The ARC-210 currently has both Demand Assigned Multiple Access (DAMA) and Integrated Waveform (IW) satellite communications capabilities. With the implementation of the MUOS waveform, the ARC-210 will now provide all expanded and modernized Department of Defense UHF Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) capabilities, and enables the use of new warfighter applications for increased situational awareness and connectivity.


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