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Monday, February 27, 2012

Becker Introduces AR6204 Transceiver, BXP6404 Transponder

By Andrew Parker

During a Feb. 13 press conference at the company’s Heli-Expo booth, Becker Avionics President Markus Schmitz uncovered two new avionics units—the AR6204 VHF transceiver and the BX6404 Mode S transponder.
“The AR6204 is a single-box-mounted VHF transceiver which provides 8.33 or 25-kHz spacing,” Schmitz explained. “It has an integrated digital intercommunications system and also provides a dual-channel watch function.” The radio incorporates automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) technology “and provides 10-watt output at 24 volts,” he said, adding that the AR6204 features a simple design for retrofit installations.

Becker Avionics President Markus Schmitz introduces the BXP6404 at Heli-Expo. Photos by Andrew Parker

Schmitz went on to unveil the BXP6404, describing it as “the only dismount Mode S transponder with ADS-B Out capabilities on the market.” The unit will be available for Class 1 and Class 2 performance and will work with most major encoders in addition to Becker’s encoder, which attaches directly to the BXP6404, according to Schmitz.
The press conference also included an appearance from Roland Becker, chairman of Becker Avionics Group, which is based in Germany.

Becker Avionics Group Chairman Roland Becker

Following the show, Becker announced (on Feb. 27) an agreement to supply its DVCS6100 digital audio system to the Royal Australian Navy. Raytheon Australia will provide three Bell 429s to the Navy as part of the Retention and Motivation Initiative (RMI) program. The four-year RMI contract involves the 429s flying at least 1,500 hours annually as part of a fleet replacement program.
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