TruNet AR-2000 demonstrated to US DoD
Collins Aerospace Systems has demonstrated the increased flexibility and bandwidth of its new TruNet AR-2000 two-channel, software-defined networking airborne radio to the US Department of Defense (DoD).
The demonstration saw the AR-2000 provide simultaneous operation of two networks connecting both Collins Aerospace and other DoD inventory radios. One channel operated a multi-node networking waveform with shared voice, data and video, while the second channel operated using the Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS) waveform.
The AR-2000 features dual internal power amplifiers that eliminate the need for external power amplification or external cooling, making the system smaller, lighter and less power hungry and allowing for installation on platforms such as tactical helicopters, C2 aircraft and larger unmanned aircraft.
With a software-defined architecture, the AR-2000’s capabilities are mission adjustable through software reload. This design approach also allows the radio to adapt and grow with the changing threat environment by incorporating new waveforms as they emerge. The flexibility allows the radio to support existing waveforms such as the SINCGARS, and address future requirements including networking.
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