Satellite Technology Feature Article
Raytheon Demonstrates Soldier Radio Waveform On New Airborne and Ground Radio Terminals
By Calvin Azuri, TMCnet Contributor
Raytheon (News - Alert) Company recently announced the successful demonstration of the Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW) on its new range of airborne and ground radio terminals. The company's latest offering is designed to deliver an additional means of communication for soldiers across disparate networks.
In a statement, Scott Whatmough, vice president of Integrated Communication Systems in Raytheon's Network Centric Systems business said, "The SRW demonstration was a key milestone and positions Raytheon to leverage its common radio architecture in our next generation ground and airborne radios. The demonstration underscores Raytheon's commitment to advanced multi-waveform Software Defined Radios, providing interoperability to the warfighter."
During the demonstration, users were able to send voice and data traffic between Raytheon's terminal and another SRW-based soldier radio. At present, the company is waiting to clear the Department of Defense's Joint Tactical Networking Center's (JTNC) certification process for waveform conformance.
Raytheon is also expecting to take part in upcoming interoperability tests with the government.
Along with SRW, the company’s tactical radios have also been designed to feature Next-Generation Mobile Ad Hoc Networking Waveform (NMW), which can run on lower cost and reduced size, as well as lower power-consumption radios, without compromising on wideband networking capability.
Helicopters and unmanned aircraft have been fitted with Raytheon's airborne radios. The ground radio system, called MAINGATE, or Mobile Ad Hoc Interoperability Network Gateway (News - Alert), has been developed for use in the U.S. Army's mid-tier network.
The gateway is currently undergoing evaluation at this year's Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) at Fort Bliss, TX.
The latest radios have all been developed to run narrowband and networking waveforms and the next-generation Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) waveform from the JTNC library.
Raytheon specializes in providing innovative technology solutions to defence, homeland security and other government customers.
Edited by Braden Becker