USAF F-16 to Get a ‘First Ever’ from Rockwell Collins

By S.L. Fuller | December 4, 2017
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The U.S. Air Force’s Lockheed Martin F-16 is set to be the first equipped with the Rockwell Collins ARC-210 RT-2036(C) radio. The avionics manufacturer said the networked communications airborne radio is the “first ever” to include mobile user objective system and support soldier radio waveform capabilities.

“We heard, understood and are delivering the new communications capabilities being called for on the modern battlefield,” said Troy Brunk, VP and general manager of communication, navigation and electronic warfare solutions for Rockwell Collins. “Users of the ARC-210 radio will benefit from the latest in secure communications technology, gaining a tactical advantage over the enemy.”

Rockwell Collins said that upon final certification from the National Security Agency, the radio would begin deployment to warfighter platforms. The solution is part of Rockwell Collins’ TruNet products and ensures secure connectivity between ground and airborne units. It also complements the recently released PRC-162 two-channel manpack radio. The ARC-210 integrates the latest line-of-sight and networking waveforms and provides connectivity for data, voice and imagery for both manned and unmanned applications, the manufacturer said.

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