American military communications firm Collins Aerospace is looking to leverage the US armed forces’ growing appetite for multi-channel, software-driven combat communications with its latest airborne networking radio offering.
The TruNet AR-2000 is the two-channel version of the single-channel AR-1500 international radio system within the company’s family of TruNet combat communications systems. Both airborne networking radios are based on the company’s AN/ARC-210/Talon Programmable Digital Communication System. In addition to the two-channel capability, the new airborne networking radio features dual internal amplifiers to power the system, which programme officials said eliminates the need for additional external cooling or power amplification.
Eliminating the need for external systems reduces the system’s size, weight, and power requirements, enabling the new networking radio to be possibly deployed on smaller fixed-wing and rotorcraft-based C2 aircraft, as well as unmanned aerial surveillance platforms, company officials said in a 1 August statement.