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Red Hawk to include lightweight multiband transceiver

19th May 2021 - 09:14 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Rohde & Schwarz was awarded a contract by Boeing to deliver radiocommunications for the T-7A Red Hawk. (Photo: Boeing)

New advanced trainer aircraft for the USAF includes software-defined radio from Rohde & Schwarz.

MR6000R multiband-capable airborne transceivers from the Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) Soveron software-defined radio family will be installed on T-7A Red Hawk advanced trainer aircraft in production for USAF Air Education and Training Command.

R&S MR6000R meets small size, lightweight and low power requirements with a weight of under 4kg.

‘It covers the frequency range from 30 MHz to 400 MHz and supports the NATO frequency algorithms HAVE QUICK II for interoperability and [the] digital fast frequency hopping standard SATURN,’ R&S announced on 19 May.

Frank Dunn, president and CEO of R&S in North America, claimed that Soveron airborne transceivers ‘provide excellent RF characteristics suitable for applications in harsh military environments for all types of airborne platforms. As this is a software-defined radio, we can adapt it for further training opportunities’.

The USAF wants an initial 351 Red Hawks to replace the T-38C Talon, with deliveries beginning in 2023. Additional equipment includes 46 simulators and associated ground equipment.

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