[Avionics Today April 29, 2014] The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has approved the RT-5000P radio for installation and use by its operators in wild land fire situations.
The RT-5000 radio from Cobham. Photo, courtesy of Cobham Aerospace.
The approval will allow USFS operators to begin installing the RT-5000P, developed by Cobham Aerospace, in their aircraft fleets. The radio is Project 25-compliant across all voice communication bands, delivering a maximum interoperability AM/FM, 29.7-960 MHz, and 10 watts across all bands for increased broadcast distance and clarity.
USFS operates a mixed fleet of helicopters, air tankers and Air Transport (AT) aircraft.
"We believe this development will significantly improve inter-agency communications and ultimately enhance airborne public safety communications," said Tim Rayl, sales and marketing director for Cobham Aerospace Communications.