Military Embedded Systems

Software-defined ground-to-air radio introduced by General Dynamics


October 30, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. General Dynamics Mission Systems announced the release of the new URC-300 software-defined radio. The URC-300 is designed to be a versatile platform that supports multiple waveforms and provides radio frequency (RF) performance to support ground-to-air, line-of-sight, and other mission critical applications.

The radio is intended to provide interference-free communications in highly congested environments and will aim to improve immunity to outside interference such as other airfield channels, Wi-Fi transmitters, and commercial FM broadcast towers.

The company claims that the URC-300 with Antenna Cropped Users can operate multiple URC-300s as close as 6.5 feet apart without interference. This close proximity capability is intended to enable rapid grab-and-go, multi-channel operations during emergency situations.

The URC-300 is designed to support other applications including emergency grab-and-go, manpack, vehicular, scalable deployment, and rackmount applications. The radio is ruggedized and meets MIL-STD-810 requirements, which provides protection against shock, vibration, altitude, humidity and temperature. It is interoperable with its predecessor, the URC-200 (V2) radio, and many of its accessories.

The URC-300 operates on standard lithium ion batteries. It also has a re-designed power supply that enables users to operate directly on DC power with embedded power conditioning for dirty power source environments.


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